REDEVELOPMENT of an €11.5 northside housing project will herald a “new dawn” for Boyce’s Street, a local residents group has said.
Tenders are to be issued for 51 houses 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 existing structures are to be demolished with construction progressing over the summer.
Blarney Street Community Association spokesperson Tom Coleman said locals are very much looking forward to the area receiving a new lease of life.
“This is a new dawn for Boyce’s Street and the surrounding community. These houses are of a high-quality design and over the 51 units, there will be 80-bed spaces. It’s a huge project and we have been looking for this for decades. It’s not before its time,” he added.
Funding for the project is secure and Mr Coleman praised the work of City Council’s housing directorate for seeing plans through to the final stages.
Councillor Ken O’Flynn (FF) said he is delighted to see the project progress.
“The Government has agreed for Cork City Council to go to tender on it. It is the final phase of the planning stage. There have been a lot of false promises and false starts on it but it looks like it will finally begin and I am delighted it is now going to happen," he 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.