Milestone as first of Regeneration houses to be built

Eugene Phelan

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Eugene Phelan

IT was confirmed today that the first new housing development under the Regeneration programme will begin in Moyross in April.

IT was confirmed today that the first new housing development under the Regeneration programme will begin in Moyross in April.

In what Brendan Kenny, CEO of Regeneration described as a “milestone moment” for the projec a request for tenders for the building programme will go out this week.

Regeneration have advertised publicly for tenders for this new housing development at Cliona Park, Moyross, which will be the first building project to commence under the remit of the Agencies since they were established in late 2007.

Up to now the main physical work has been on the knocking of houses in Moyross, Southill, St Mary’s Park and Ballinacurra Weston.

The development is the first of 26 projects, with an investment total of €337m, which will be delivered under Phase One of the Limerick Regeneration Programme over the next four and a half years.

“Approval and funding for these projects were committed by Government last year and have remained unaffected by recent Budget cuts demonstrating continued commitment to this unique project,” said Mr Kenny.

The Moyross project will see a mix of 33 units in all, comprising 13 houses (mix of two and three bedrooms) and a courtyard style sheltered development for the elderly of 20 one and two bedroom apartments. It is anticipated that construction work on the project will commence in April, with a completion date scheduled for Autumn 2012.

“This is a key milestone not alone for the people who will live in this new development or for the greater Moyross area but, indeed, for all the Limerick Regeneration Areas.

“ The development itself will be a strong illustration of how people of all ages will ultimately benefit from Regeneration as it comprises housing for families as well as courtyard style, secure accommodation for the elderly,” said Mr Kenny.

Deirdre Bond, Chairperson of the local Residents Forum, said that the announcement that the project has gone to tender is a huge boost for local confidence in the Regeneration project.

“People can now finally see for themselves that development is taking place. The Cliona Park project is a new beginning for Moyross and for the other Regeneration areas.

“So many people have spent a huge amount of time planning for this and other projects and we are all looking forward to seeing construction begin and, indeed, to the day when the first people move into their new homes.”

“The fact the first Limerick Regeneration housing project has now gone to tender is an extremely important moment for so many across the city” said Mayor Maria Byrne.