DCC buy Ringsend apartments for social housing

Photo; by Jennifer Reddin

by Paul Carton
A whole apartment complex on the Ringsend Road has been bought by the Dublin City Council for social housing.The fifty-three apartment complex which is called The Shelbourne Plaza has four three bedroom apartments, 43 two bedroom apartments and six one bedroom apartments, with 50 car park spaces.

A spokesperson for DCC said that it will be delivered as soon as March and that it is more than likely to be managed by the Tuath Housing Association. The building which was built in 2007 had been used for short term letting, up until now, was sold to the council by the developers Chartered Land for €24.5 million.

Initially plans were set up to provide 51 social housing units in the Chartered Lands development at Berkeley Court, which was 10 % of the housing units in total being built at that site in Ballsbridge. Now, it seems as though, according to Dublin City Council’s Deputy Chief Executive, Brendan Kenny, that mixing the social housing units in with private housing is causing problems and that there is tension there with the private residents. So with this purchase of the full complex from Chartered Lands on Ringsend Road there will be no requirement for the developers to include the social housing at Berkeley Court and the housing association will have complete control over the whole building at Shelbourne Plaza.