WORK has commenced on a new 61-unit social housing development at Derreen, it has been confirmed.
The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government had approved a proposal for the development at Ballydribeen by the Cluid Housing Association.
The units will be provided in partnership with and supported by Kerry County Council and it is hoped the project will be finished by the last quarter of 2019.
Cluid is also planning to build six apartments for the homeless 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.
Kerry County Council revealed that preliminary approval is in place for a further turn-key project at Oakwood in Ballydribbeen through an approved housing body although there are some complications regarding the completion of the transfer of the project.
“A number of other potential projects in Killarney continue to be assessed for social housing,” a spokesman said, adding that the council continues to pursue other options including acquisitions and leasing.
The information was provided following a request from Mayor of Killarney, Cllr John Sheahan, who asked for an update on social housing in the town.
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