Builders move in for major revamp of rundown estate
HARD-hats were finally donned yesterday as work got underway on the long-awaited regeneration of a Dublin city housing estate.
Delighted residents looked on as Dutch company Bam began work on two-acres of St Michael's Estate in Inchicore.
This followed a contract between Dublin City Council and the firm to build 75 residential units, a childcare facility and a council estate office.
It will include social and affordable housing. There are currently only four families living in the run-down estate.
Regeneration of the area suffered a setback in May 2008 with the collapse of a public private partnership scheme. It was one of five developments stalled when developer Bernard McNamara pulled out.
Finbarr Flood, chair of the estate's regeneration board, said yesterday that, "while this is a great start, it is two acres of a 14-acre project and the board will continue working together to seek investment".
The total cost of the project will be nearly €12m.