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Official opening of major housing refurbishment projects in the city

Knocknaheeny Unveiling 2010
Pictured at the unveiling of the plaque at the Knocknaheeny Community Complex are (l-r)  Michael Finneran T.D., Minister for Housing and Local Services,  Lord Mayor of Cork,Cllr Michael O' Connell and Tim Lucey, City Manager

On Monday October 11th the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael O’ Connell , together with the Minister for Housing & Local Services, Michael Finneran  T.D. and  City Manager Tim Lucey presided at the official opening of the three major refurbishment/regeneration projects in the Northside of Cork city.

The three projects

  • Knocknaheeny Regeneration Project, Community Complex, New Town Centre,  Knocknaheeny
  • The Glen Regeneration Phase 2, Sod Turning at Glen Avenue
  • Cushing Road Refurbishment Project

are the culmination of a sustained period of investment in housing capital refurbishment in the city by Cok City Council.

The first of those visited on the day, Block D Knocknaheeny, the most ambitious phase to date, has regenerated 78 houses, provided 21 infill houses, and delivered a magnificent multi-functional community facility. This state of the art building is home to the City Council's area housing office, We the People, the Citizens Advice Bureau, NICHE, the Local Employment Service and St. Vincent DePaul amongst others. The centre also boasts a senior citizens facility, a large medical practice, a Credit Union, and a primary health care centre, which is scheduled to open in the next few weeks. 

Hollyhill/Knocknaheeny, which was developed in the early 70s, now has a significant population over the age of 55. In recognition of this fact, the centre incorporates 21 sheltered housing units, which allows tenants to downsize from houses that are no longer suitable to their needs, and yet allows them to remain in the bosom of their community with all the necessary ancillary services nearby. 

The day also saw the Lord Mayor and the Minister turn the sod at the Glen Phase II site on Glen Avenue. This project, which marks the commencement of the second phase of the Glen Regeneration Scheme, comprises the development of 59 new houses, and a substantial community facility adjacent to St Brendan's Church in the heart of the Glen. This scheme builds on the substantial work undertaken in the first Phase of the Glen Regeneration where over 84 homes were upgraded and 80 new homes were provided at a cost of €26.5M.

The final event was the opening of the refurbishment project at Cushing Road and Cushing Place. This contract was recently completed by John F Supple Ltd at a cost of €10 million. The project rejuvenated five separate flat complexes which had fallen into serious disrepair. The design, developed by the National Building Agency, is of an extremely high standard and the project has added a new vibrancy to the community that had been sadly lacking for many years.

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