A MAJOR milestone will be reached next week when residents move into the first houses to be built as part of the Limerick Regeneration programme.
The completion of the first housing development - at Cliona Park, Moyross - comes almost six years after the establishment of the Limerick Regeneration Agencies - now the Limerick Regeneration Office.
Ahead of the handing over of the keys to the new residents, the finishing touches are being put to the 34-unit development which has cost €4.6m to build.
The new residents, who come from a variety of backgrounds and are aged from their 20s to their 80s, include a combination of local authority tenants and private home owners.
In advance of moving into their new homes, the residents this week completed a pre-residency course at the Strand Hotel.
The course was organised to provide them with all the information they need about their new homes, their tenancy and to introduce them to their new neighbours.
James Keane, 53, and his wife, Nora, 54, who have been living in Pineview Gardens for the past 23 years will move into one of the new houses having agreed to exchange it for their current home.
“It is a big change for us but I am looking forward to it because I never wanted to leave Moyross. I believe Moyross has the best facilities of all the estates and I have loved Moyross from day one and the new house will give us a great opportunity,” said James who retired late last year.
One of the oldest members of the new community will be 79-year-old James Kelly who currently lives in a bungalow in the shadow of the new development.
“It is fantastic because where I’m living at the moment I’ve been looking into the yard of the new apartments for the past year-and-a-half and I’ve had no view whatsoever so I’m looking forward to getting out of it and seeing the countryside,” he said.
John Duffy, 27, and his partner Donna Wallace, 24, say they are looking forward to moving into their new home.
“We applied straight away when we first heard about it and we knew it was a good opportunity to get a bigger place. At the moment we only have a one-bedroom place and we just needed a bit more space and it is great because we wouldn’t have been able to do it on our own,” said John who works part-time at Smyths Toys, Ennis Road.
Construction of the new state-of-the art development at Cliona Park has taken almost 18 months to complete.