A DERELICT site between Blackpool and the N20 is set to be developed as an apartment block.
A public-private partnership between Cork City Council and Citidwell Homes will see 37 apartments built on Watercourse Rd on a site straddling the Blackpool bypass and the main thoroughfare through Blackpool in a laneway known as Corkeran’s Quay.
The site has become a target for illegal dumping in recent years but now looks set to be redeveloped. It is listed on the city’s Derelict Sites Register and is owned by Cork City Council.
The development will include 18 one-bedroom, 17-two bedroom, and two three-bedroom apartments.
Planning has gone to the final stages and the project is now subject to a public consultation. The planning details will be available to view at City Hall until December 4.
Local councilllor Ken O’Flynn said the planned project is yet another example of how Blackpool is being regenerated.
“Its a very positive step and I’ll keep on saying it,” said Mr Flynn. “If you’re a property developer and you have a few bob to spare, invest in Blackpool. It’s upcoming and ripe for development.
“The Blackpool area is already a much sought after place for people to live and work and we are seeing new developments all the time. It is only positive for the area.”
The news comes just weeks after planning granted for 30-new homes on Pope’s Road by KMR Developments.
Respond Housing Association is also set to deliver 36 three-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom, and six one-bedroom social housing units at Redforge Rd, on the old Sunbeam site, to be built by HRP Construction.
There are also plans 112 new homes in a €30m development on Thomas Davis St, as well as tentative plans for 800 homes on the Old Whitechurch Rd.
Corkeran’s Quay developers Citdiwell Homes is already undertaking a large housing project on the northside.
Almost 80 homes are to be built at the former St Finbarr’s Seminary on Redemption Road and grounds along with three educational buildings by Citidwell.