Apartments for the homeless to be built

The former Armagh House before it was knocked

SIX apartments for the homeless are to be developed on the site of a bungalow that was demolished on Park Road last summer.

Armagh House has been knocked to facilitate a new purpose-built development on the site and the project is currently at design stage. Kerry County Council said it expects that construction work will commence in May.

The development is being undertaken by charity housing body Clúid with the support of the council and the Department of the Environment.

The derelict house that will make way for apartments in Pinewood

The roadside building, a former guesthouse, had been vacant for over a decade and boarded up for a number of years. It is located on the outskirts of the town centre, immediately adjacent to McDonald’s Restaurant and the Friary Downs housing development and close to the familiar railway bridge.

In December 2016, Cllr Donal Grady, a long-time champion of the homeless, called for the house to be opened up for those without a home of their own.

It is understood that Clúid, a not-for-profit charity providing affordable, high quality homes to people in housing need, plans to provide six one-bedroom units in the house.

Clúid has also commenced work on a 61-unit development at Derreen and preliminary approval is in place for a further turnkey project at Oakwood through an approved housing body.

Kerry County Council’s plans for the development of six apartments on the site of a derelict house at Pinewood Estate is currently out to tender and the estimated start time is February.

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