St Michael's (Mini-)Regeneration Begins

Article Posted: Monday 15th November, 2010

Work on the long-awaited regeneration of St Michael's Estate in Dublin began this afternoon following a contract between the city council and a Dutch construction company.

St Michael's in Inchicore was one of five regeneration projects in the city that were stalled when developer Bernard McNamara pulled out in 2008.

Dutch company Bam took possession of a two-site acre today and begin preparatory work. Originally there were 14 acres earmarked for regeneration.

The project will involve the construction of 75 residential units, which will be a mix of social and affordable housing.

Construction will also start on a childcare facility and a council estate office involving a total cost of just under 12m.

Residents' spokeswoman Rita Fagan said the estate has been waiting 13 years for work to begin.

She said the residential units will be provided to current residents and those who have left recently.

Chairperson of the Regeneration Board Finbarr Flood said it was a 'marvellous achievement in the climate that prevails'.