CONSTRUCTION work on 66 new homes on the site of the former Deanrock tower flats is set to begin next week.
It marks a major step forward in the decade-long saga to regenerate the site, which was previously home to more than 100 families in eyesore tower apartments.
Officials at Cork City Council have confirmed that the construction contract has been awarded to Conack Construction with construction expected to commence early next week.
The plans will see the development of 66 new houses, including 24 two-bed terraced units, 32 three-bed units, two four-bed units and a number of duplexes and apartments. It also includes a groud floor community facility.
Questions had been asked locally after enabling works began last year, with many expecting significant progress in the short-term.
However, due to the sheer volume of works needed at the site, this process was only completed in recent weeks.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Fergal Dennehy, said that he understood the frustration but that the plan is progressing.
“The enabling works were complicated and took time to finish and the construction contract has now been awarded with a completion date of 2019,” he said.
“This is great news for a site which has been idle for more than ten years.”
The old tower block apartments were demolished more than a decade ago, with plans initially including a primary care centre. However, due to the economic crash, no developments were forthcoming, causing a long delay in reinvigorating the site.
This resulted in campaigns locally, with residents and councillors concerned about the future of the area.
Mr Dennehy said, “The progress is welcomed after such long delays. It’s an interesting site with some controversy but it is great to see that construction wiil start and be completed in 2019.”