Limerick Chronicle - Tuesday, 07 September 2010.
to 4,000 jobs could be created in Limerick as regeneration project
is stepped up
By Mike Dwane
houses north of the railway line in Moyross including
Delmege Park, Pineview Gardens and Craeval Park as well as Sarsfield
Gardens and Castle Park are ultimately intended for demolition
under Limerick Regeneration, the agency's chief executive Brendan
Kenny has said. Up to 4,000 jobs could be created as a result.
Mr Kenny also said
that O'Malley Park and Keyes Park would be demolished under
the first two phases of the programme. Around half the houses
in Carew Park and Kincora Park would be demolished and the rest
retained and refurbished.
and replacement of homes in St Mary's Park and Ballinacurra
Weston would have to wait longer, councillors were told this
Many of replacement
housing projects are intended for completion in the first five
years of work before the demolitions take place. Mr Kenny said
the rate of progress would depend on how consultation goes with
Asked about plans
for knocking all houses north of the railway through Moyross,
Mr Kenny said many houses in Craeval, for example, had already
been demolished and that work would continue as they find new
accommodation for residents.
"It may be possible
to keep some parts of it but the plan that everything north
of that line is proposed for demolition," he said.
The recession and
falling construction costs have seen the public funding commitment
to the programme fall from €1.6 billion to €927 million.
While the masperplan
had aimed to see the process through in 10 years, the timescale
had now been extended to 15 although Mr Kenny told councillors
he saw no reason why the original timescale ambition could not
be met if the economy recovers sufficiently.
In a huge boost for
the building trade, up to 4,000 people would be employed on
the various construction projects.
Under the €337
million first phase of the programme, 25 new build projects
had been identified for the next five years.
It is predicted that the construction of the new civic hub in
Moyross, for example, would alone create 400 building jobs.