WORK on an €11.5m housing project that will “transform” a community on the northside will begin in September, it has been confirmed.
More than 50 new homes are to be built in the Boyce’s Street/Upper Cattle Market Street housing redevelopment on the northside of the city. They are replacing the 44 homes currently there, many of which are not fit for purpose, or are derelict.
The work will consist of the demolition of the Upper Cattle Market Street units 21-32 and the first of the Boyce’s Street blocks numbers 44-49 and 51-54.
Structural engineering support work to the rear of the Upper Cattle Market Street units and the erection of hoarding around the perimeter of both areas will also take place. Preparatory work for underground and overhead services is also included.
Blarney Street Community Association spokesperson Tom Coleman said locals are very excited about the development.
“We have waited so long for this and it is now confirmed that the works contract is signed and sealed. This will transform the whole area,” he said.
“I would predict they will be the most sought-after houses to come on stream. It’s a big thing for the area, and local people fought hard over many years for this and it’s great to see it finally come to fruition.
“I would hope it would be completed within 12 months, it’s all ready to roll and it will enhance the area no end,” he added.
Councillor Tony Fitzgerald (FF) paid tribute to the community association, which helped bring the development to fruition.
“This is a really exciting inner-city project with top-quality homes and is best practice in addressing housing issues. It has been community-led and will give the area a new lease of life,” Mr Fitzgerald added.
Thomas Gould (SF) added that the whole area will be regenerated.
“Boyce’s Street has been a blight on the area for so long, as the original design of the old homes was terrible. There have been many false dawns, but finally people will have the homes they deserve,” Mr Gould added.
Residents have been campaigning for the redevelopment of the area since the late 1980s. The design of the current housing scheme, accessed by narrow laneways from Blarney Street, was blamed for anti-social behaviour and vandalism.