New social housing regeneration project in Cork City

Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, John O’Connor, Chair of Respond Housing, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD, Declan Dunne, CEO Respond Housing, Cllr John Sheehan, Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill,  and Anne Doherty, CEO Cork City Council at the turning of the sod on a reconstruction project which will see 10 new homes for older people provided in Dublin Street, Cork.

On 20th February 2017 Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD turned the sod on a reconstruction project which will see 10 new homes for older people provided in Dublin Street, Cork City

This marks the next phase of Respond’s regeneration work in this area of Cork which over the next 3 years will see 240 social housing units added to the complement in Cork.

Minister Coveney said:

“I’m delighted to be here today to turn the sod on this project to provide homes for the elderly being delivered by Respond. I’d like to acknowledge their great work to deliver homes with appropriate community-based supports for older people and I’m pleased that over €2m is being made available by my Department to fund this project. Approved Housing Bodies such as Respond! are critical in meeting the ambitious social housing targets in Rebuilding Ireland – the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness.”

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD, John O’Connor, Chair of Respond Housing and Declan Dunne, CEO Respond

Respond! CEO Declan Dunne said:

“Respond! has a long and proud history in this area of Cork city. Dublin Street is only the beginning of our next phase of regeneration in the area. Our highly-regarded 51 unit St Francis Gardens development in Blackpool already has a range of wrap-around supports for our older tenants including a Day Centre. Dublin Street residents when they move in will have access to these services so they will know they are never alone and there is always a helping hand.

R! branding with Minister Coveney

We are delighted today to commence work on Dublin Street as the first of many projects we aim to develop in Cork City, at a total of 240 new social homes over the next 3 years. We look forward to working with Cork City Council to provide housing and other support services to people in most need. All of us in the housing sector have a duty to do the most we can to help provide the 47,000 new social houses Ireland needs as planned for in Rebuilding Ireland. Respond is willing and ready to play our part to tackle our homelessness crisis with housing solutions on the ground”

Parag Joglekar Head of Property Respond! Housing, Com Cronin Project Manager HG, John O’Connor, Chair of Respond!, Brad Marrow Site Agent Respond!,  Declan Dunne, CEO Respond!  Richard Vaughan, Architect Respond and Ned Brenan, Chief Operations Officer Respond! at the turning of the sod on a reconstruction project which will see 10 new homes for older people provided in Dublin Street, Cork.

Declan Dunne, CEO Respond Housing Association, Colm Cronin, Project Manager HG Construction, Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Simon Coveney TD and Ronnie Hennessy, Director HG Construction at the turning of the sod on a reconstruction project

The Dublin Street project consists of 10 units (5 x 1 bed and 5 x 2 bed) at a project value of €2.15 million which will be funded through the Department of Housing’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS). The contractor is HG Construction and the estimated completion date is January 2018.

Posted: February 2017 Photos by Darragh Kane