Start to Ard Dealgan works
Refurbished apartments to house over 60 families
Piles of slush lay amid the debris in the vandalised courtyard of the abandoned Ard Dealgan complex as details were announced on Monday of a €5.8 million refurbishment project.
The apartment complex, which was built by Tom McFeely's Coalport Building Co, has been lying vacant since it was the subject of a Fire Close Notice in 2009. New owners Celtic Social Housing Development Co Ltd have signed a contract with Túath Housing to refurbish 68 apartments which will be used to house people on Louth County Council's housing list.
The development, which will be renamed Halliday Mills, in recognition of the shoe factory which was once located on the site, will be refurbished by the development company and then leased by Túath Housing for a 20-year period.
Cllr John McGahon, chairperson of the Dundalk Municipal District Committee, paid credit to Louth County Council's housing department for its pioneering work in tackling the housing crisis, including acquireing 65 houses by Compulsory Purchase Order. He had seen how this led to the rejuvenation of town centre areas and welcomed the fact that over 60 families will be homed in the refurbished complex.
Director of Housing at Louth County Council, Joe McGuinness said: 'Ard Dealgan has not only been an eyesore for many years, its health and safety issues meant that a building which had the potential to house more than 60 families lay idle.
'We are absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to bring this development back into use and we thank Celtic Social Housing Development Co Ltd for offering it for social housing. The complex will be refurbished to a high standard and the developer has already started health and safety compliance measures. The 68 units will provide safe and comfortable accommodation for a range of individuals and families in Louth when they come on stream next year. '
Mr Sean O'Connor, CEO of Túath Housing, said he was looking forward to seeing families move into the Halliday Mills next year.
'We are delighted to once again partner with Louth County Council on this social housing project, which was funded through CALF. Túath currently manages 175 homes in Louth and we have a development pipeline for approximately 350 homes in the county by the end of 2019.'
He revealed that they were planning to open an office in Church St, Dundalk later this year.
It's hoped to have a contractor will be on site within the next six month for the refurbishment which will see the complex redeveloped into a 68-unit complex, comprising 10 one-bed, 46 two-bed and 7 three-bed apartments, as well as 3 two-bed and 2 four-bed duplexes.