LIMERICK CLOTHING FACTORY SITE TO BECOME RESIDENTIAL AREA FOR ELDERLY (live95fm)
15 February 2010
A site in Limerick city which was once home to one of the biggest clothing factories in the world is set to become a residential area for elderly people currently living in regeneration areas of the city.
Construction is set to begin later this year on up to 50 housing units on the site on Lord Edward Street - the former home to the historic Tait's Clothing Factory, which later became known as Limerick Clothing Factory.
The company used to supply uniforms to armies in different wars during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Director of housing services, Kieran Lehane says the site on Lord Edward Street is ideally suited for their needs.
Funding pledged for two Limerick housing projects (Irish Times)
JAMIE SMYTH Social Affairs Correspondent
Fri, Mar 05, 2010
THE GOVERNMENT has pledged to provide the cash to start building two housing projects in Limerick before the end of the year to signal its commitment to the cityâ€™s regeneration project.
It also revealed yesterday the total cost of the project to the State has fallen by at least â‚¬400 million because of the recession and further savings will be made by refurbishing rather than rebuilding some existing houses.
â€œThe â‚¬1.7 billion cost of the project has fallen . . . The cost of construction has dropped by 25 per cent over the last two years. This chips â‚¬400 million off that figure. Some houses will now be refurbished on the estates and this is cheaper too,â€ said Minister of State for Housing Michael Finneran.
He said he had given the go-ahead for two specific housing projects that would deliver more than 100 units of accommodation ahead of a draft plan due to be submitted by the Limerick Regeneration agency later this month.
The first project on Lord Edward Street will deliver 70 units of housing for elderly people. A second project in Moyross would deliver 48 social housing units, said Mr Finneran.
Two further housing projects in Southill and St Maryâ€™s Park may also begin this year, he added.
He said he was taking the initiative to address growing public disillusionment with the flagship project, which has suffered from a cash crisis.
Mr Finneran said one of the main problems facing the project was a lack of private-sector money available in co-financing. It had been anticipated that â‚¬1.6 billion would be made available from private developers, along with the â‚¬1.7 billion in State funding.
He said he would support proposals to offer tax incentives designed to attract private money.
Last month, former minister for defence Willie Oâ€™Dea signalled that costs of â‚¬1.7 billion could not be afforded by Government due to the recession. He promoted the idea of offering tax breaks as incentives to local developers. . . . . . . .
CologneMike wrote:LIMERICK CLOTHING FACTORY SITE TO BECOME RESIDENTIAL AREA FOR ELDERLY
Tuborg wrote:Can't say I'm overly enthused by this plan. It's not really going to do anything to improve the social mix in this area of the city!
Personally I would have liked to have seen a high quality residential development suited to families etc built here. Maybe that's just wishful thinking though!
Elderly Southill residents rehoused in Castletroy's Park Village after harassment (Limerick Leader)
Published Date: 22 January 2010
By Kerrie Kennedy
THIRTEEN elderly people and families are to be moved to Castletroy because of the anti-social behaviour they are experiencing in their Southill homes.
The Southside Regeneration Agency has confirmed that 13 apartments have been secured in the Park Village residential home for elderly victims of harassment in the Southill area.
Director of Southside Social Regeneration Brendan Hayden said that the people are being moved because they are at "very serious risk" in their current homes.
"The idea behind it is to help elderly people who are suffering and want to find some peace," Mr Hayden said.
To date, one person has been successfully moved from her home in Keyes Park to the residential village in Castletroy.
"The abuse of that resident was so serious we felt she would have died of a heart-attack if we did not get her out when we did," Mr Hayden said.
He confirmed that a number of elderly people from Keyes Park were interested in moving, as were three other families from Carew Park.
The move to Castletroy Park Village, which is partially funded by the Department of the Environment, will provide elderly victims of anti-social behaviour with a "safer home" that they can afford, according to Mr Hayden.
He said that moving people out was the only option as the majority of the harassment is coming from children who cannot be prosecuted.
This is due to the current law which prevents children under the age of 12 being charged for committing crimes and engaging in anti-social behaviour.
Southill parish priest Father Pat Hogan said that there is an urgent need for a change in the law regarding children under 12, and that the Health Service Executive (HSE) needs to be more proactive in helping the families of these children. "Some of these young children start losing their way as early as eight and nine and are wreaking havoc on the area, they badly need direction," Fr Hogan said.
"The current law needs to be changed so that these children or their parents are held responsible for their actions and the HSE must be more proactive locally in working alongside the parents of these children because they desperately need help," Fr Hogan added.
The Southill parish priest said that moving elderly residents to Castletroy is only a temporary measure until the Regeneration Agency builds them more suitable homes nearer to Southill.
CologneMike wrote:After seeing Prime time, obviously the elderly citizens are being prioritized here by the regeneration agency first and rightly so! Most of these elderly people will be probably giving up their private family homes to move in there. In my opinion this location is ideal for their needs i.e. close proximity to shop, to socialize, access to medical services etc, etc, on the fringe of the city centre.
I think we can already see a positive mix of people wanting to live in the Lower Edward Street area. The vicinity of the Peoples Park is a recreational bonus. I personally would prefer to see 70 high quality apartments been built here for the elderly rather than housing units. Nicely landscaped greens to compliment thus optimizing a precious inner city land bank.
Criticism of Limerick plan rule change
FRANK McDONALD, Environment Editor
FIFTEEN FIRMS of architects selected 18 months ago to design schemes for the plan to regenerate Limerick are being told that a change in the ground rules means they will have to compete for every project.
â€œIt appears that everything will have to be re-tendered, and that could take months,â€ said John Graby, director of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland.
â€œDesign teams who prepared designs and made submissions could have to start all over again.â€
He said the change in procurenent at this late stage â€“ apparently decreed by the Department of Finance â€“ represented a â€œmassive wasteâ€ of resources.â€œIf the Government is serious about regenerating Limerick, it has to find a way to take control of this.â€
Mr Graby said he would be raising the issue at a meeting next week of the consultative committee on the construction industry, which is chaired by the Department of Finance, and seeking assurances that the Limerick regeneration project would proceed as planned.
The process of procuring architectural services was initiated by the Limerick Regeneration scheme in April 2008, when it advertised for â€œpre-qualificationâ€ submissions. A shortlist was drawn up in June of that year and a final selection of 15 firms made in February 2009.
One of the architects whose firms were selected for the framework plan said: â€œThis has been trundling on for more than two years and, having finally got the Government on board, it now appears they will not be able to use the framework they put in place.â€
The firms selected were Bucholz McEvoy, OMP, PKA, SeÃ¡n Harrington, Traynor Oâ€™Toole, Carr Cotter Naessens, Donnelly Turpin, DTA, Elliott Maguire Landers, Healy and Partners, McGarry NÃ Ã‰anaigh, Downey McConville, Murray Ã“ Laoire and Newenham Mulligan.
â€œOur understanding was that it would go forward and that at least a number of projects would proceed, having been cleared by the Government,â€ one of them said, â€œbut nothing major has been commissioned since then, apart from a few small feasibility studies.â€
Brendan Kenny, chief executive of Limerick Regeneration, said framework agreements were â€œno longer flavour of the month these daysâ€ and the view now being taken by the department was that it would be â€œbetter to open it up to more competitionâ€. Although Limerick Regeneration had not yet been â€œdirectedâ€ to abandon the February 2009 framework agreement, Mr Kenny said a lot of things had changed since then. Some of the firms on the panel were â€œin a different situationâ€ â€“ including one that went into liquidation.
Next week, Limerick Regeneration would be advertising tenders for architects and engineers for a small project of 30 units for senior citizens in Southill â€œand the firms on the list can compete for that as wellâ€, he said, adding: â€œWeâ€™re anxious to move on.â€
He would also be seeking clarification from the Departments of Finance and the Environment â€œon whether we can useâ€ the framework agreement in light of the changed circumstances. Mr Kenny denied that the work done by architects on the list was wasted.
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