Wednesday 16 October 2019

Music to their ears: Charity to transform council flats into 'age-friendly' homes

Shake-up: Tenant and Elvis fan Noel McDonald, of Jamestown Court, celebrates as Alone breaks ground on 50 new ‘age-friendly’ housing units. Photo: Leah Farrell
Shake-up: Tenant and Elvis fan Noel McDonald, of Jamestown Court, celebrates as Alone breaks ground on 50 new ‘age-friendly’ housing units. Photo: Leah Farrell

Allison Bray

A former Dublin City Council accommodation building is to be transformed into a new complex specifically catering to over-60s who are currently on the council's housing list.

The Alone charity, which supports older people, has acquired the Jamestown Court complex in Inchicore, south Dublin, from Dublin City Council.

The complex of 50 bedsits is being completely redeveloped to provide one-bedroom apartments for seniors who are currently on the waiting list for housing through the council.

The accommodation will be specifically geared to suit the physical needs of an older population, with features such as wider corridors to accommodate walkers and other mobility aids, as well as other "age-friendly" devices for older residents.

Three existing blocks of the complex will be redeveloped, while a fourth new block will be built to the same standards upon completion in 2022.

Construction already began on the first phase of the project last month and it is expected to be completed within the next year.

Alone CEO Seán Moynihan said the partnership between the charity and Dublin City Council was "an important step in the right direction for housing and we hope to see further funding made available for similar projects".

Irish Independent

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