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Retirement village and nursing home plans for Kilmoyle (Limerick Leader)
LIMERICK city received a huge boost with confirmation that developer Aidan Brooks is to build a new multi million euro nursing home, dementia unit and retirement homes at Kilmoyle, North Circular Road.
Plans are to be lodged before the weekend with City Hall for the massive project on the 6.5 acre site, which includes the home of former Catholic bishops of Limerick.
The developer paid around Â£27 million for the site at the height of the economic boom and their were fears that with the recession that the site would not be developed.
The project includes a 60 bedroom nursing home; 10 bedroom dementia unit and 52 retirement homes with a communal pavilion and security lodge.
It is understood that the pavilion will include facilities including a hairdressers and cinema.
Seamus Carr, architect and design team leader, has promised a low density scheme with 46 per cent of the area remaining green. The old Kilmoyle house will be part of the integrated campus, but its purpose has not yet been decided by Mr Brooks.
“We would like to be breaking ground on the site by September, that is if all goes well and we get planning in the next three months,” said Mr Carr. If there are objections the project could be put back another three months, if not longer.”
“It is low density with a lot of open space, considerably more than other similar projects with 46 per cent open space,” said the Henry Street-based architect.
If the proposal is given permission it is expected that hundreds of construction workers would work on the site, which would be a huge boost to the local economy.
Meanwhile, Tony Sadlier, finance manager with the Limerick diocese, which sold the property to Mr Brooks revealed that they considered going ahead with a similar type development on the property.
“At the end of the day, we are not developers and decided to sell it on. It is something we considered doing as many parishioners had suggested it as we have an aging population in the parish. So we very much support what is happening,” he added.
Local councillor Kathleen Leddin, who lives nearby, said that she had spoken briefly to Mr Brooks, but had not seen the full plans.
“I would be in favour of a retirement village once it is not over developed and not over built,” she stated.
“I think it could be a very useful addition to the area and welcomed,” she added.
It is not yet clear what will happen to the actual house, Kilmoyle, which is a detached three-bay two-storey over basement sandstone ashlar house, built in 1845, with Doric portico, and four-bay two-storey over basement side elevations.
Unusually built of sandstone, this building was extensively renovated during the twentieth century and housed a magnificent library. The current Bishop of Limerick, Dr Donal Murray, felt the home was too big for him, when he was appointed Bishop of Limerick and moved to a more modest accommodation at Hawthorns, Annacotty.