MOYROSS Regeneration took another step forward this week as the council opened a consultation period over a new housing scheme at Cosgrave Park.
As part of the long-awaited upgrade of the northside estate, Limerick City and County Council is seeking to build 50 new housing units in Cosgrave Park.
This would see 27 houses and 23 apartments.
Although most of the demolition has taken place to clear the site already, numbers 83 and 84 Cosgrave Park and the existing depot building will be knocked before the project goes ahead.
On top of this, Moyross Avenue will be realigned, while there will be a new public open spaces, and other associated site works.
As it is a council project, members of the public can make their views known ahead of metropolitan district councillors voting on the project at April’s meeting.
Northside Fine Gael councillor Michael Hourigan welcomed the move towards planning.
He said: “The positive thing is that this will be hopefully be shovel ready by the end of the year. These will be a way better quality of house. The urgency to put houses in at the moment is very welcome.”
As for the jobs, Cllr Hourigan said: “I would hope there would be local employment in the construction side. We have already raised this at council. All the councillors have raised it on different occasions.”
He said that given the demolition which has taken place in the estate over the past number of years, this scheme will bring a “new confidence” to Moyross.
“The money coming through is substantial and shows we really mean business,” Cllr Hourigan said.
Asked what it would mean to the people of Moyross, he added: “I think the people of Moyross can look and see what has taken place on the ground. Once you see construction works going ahead, it gives a new confidence in the area.”
This application comes hot on the heels of another regeneration plan to build new units at the King’s Island.
Limerick City and County Council is seeking to build two in-fill residential units at Gaol Lane, in the vicinity of King John’s Castle.
It forms part of the overall redevelopment of the Island Field, including the former barracks in Athlunkard Street.
The scheme was welcomed by northside Independent councillor John Gilligan, who described it as “a welcome relief for the parish”.
Plans for both housing schemes are on view at Limerick City and County Council’s planning department in Patrick Street.
For more information, please telephone 061-407100.