Cork City centre social housing is expected to be complete by end of the year
By The Headlines, April 10, 2023 | 08:15 PM
The site was a subject of interest in 2021. When six bodies were uncovered, there was much media coverage and public outcry.
The SOCIAL housing development on Barrack Street that will provide new homes at unused, derelict, and vacant sites is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The site was the subject of significant local and national interest in 2021 after the remains of six bodies were uncovered
Cork City Council confirmed that the project to build new homes will start in the next few years.
The contractor was able to progress works in other areas of the site to provide homes for new people by the deadline.
Human remains were found during construction in the area of the former Nancy Spain's pub, which is now part of a new development. The old building was demolished and many troubleshooting measures have been taken to ensure that no other remains materialize and have been found this way.
Bones were found that date to about 500 years ago. Ari's team got carbon dating results which put the age of the skeletons between 1447 and 1636.
A council spokesperson says there might be new information if a special report is issued.
Mick Finn, a councillor in the local district of Irishtown, welcomed the expected completion date of the new units.
"The Barrack St housing will be completed by the end of the year, and probably allocated in early 2024." This is a good sign which is what he commented on.
Mr Finn said that there were several obstacles to the residential development, but that when completed it would lift the area and breathe “life” into an area that had been abandoned for years.
Elsewhere on the street, adjoining properties 118 and 119 are also primed for development after city councillors voted last November to sell the long-derelict buildings acquired by the local authority using compulsory purchase order powers in 2021.
Speaking at a council meeting last year, Paul Moynihan said the properties were deemed unsuitable to be developed as social housing by the council's housing directorate.
The purchaser had a track record of delivering the required product, and he proposed to use a commercial space at a lower level with residential on the top. The redevelopment at 118 and 119 made Barrack Street another boost for it. "This will be a bright chapter in the great history of Barrack St and long overdue," he said.