Global co-living giant to submit plans for 235-room site in Dublin
One of the world's largest co-living companies, The Collective, is set to submit plans for a 235-room development in Dublin, the Sunday Independent understands.
The company purchased a half-acre site in Fumbally in Dublin 8 in May for around €10.5m, after Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy legislated to allow co-living in Ireland.
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The controversial housing model sees tenants share communal kitchens as well as other facilities, such as games rooms, cinemas, libraries and gyms.
However, co-living proposals from some companies have drawn comparisons with 'Dickensian' accommodation.
It is understood that The Collective will look to build a 93,000 sq ft development at its Fumbally site. Sinn Féin deputy Eoin Ó Broin proposed new legislation in August to ban co-living developments.
The Collective's Ireland country lead James Penfold said it was a "shame" that such legislation had been proposed.
"I would have loved to show these people our Old Oak and Canary Wharf buildings in London, to show them the reality of co-living," Penfold told the Sunday Independent.
"I think that housing is an emotive issue, understandably, and people are frustrated by a lack of options in housing provision."
He added: "That's why it's so important to broaden the housing mix.
"Co-living is not a replacement for traditional houses or apartments; it's just another option."
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