THE REGENERATION of the Charlemont Street/Tom Kelly flats was initially planned before the collapse in 2008 of the five Bernard McNamara PPPs (public-private partnerships) and the Croke Villas PPP.
Mr McNamara had been selected by the council to undertake the regeneration of some of the city’s largest social housing flat complexes at Dominick Street, St Michael’s Estate and O’Devaney Gardens.
The council set up a taskforce which came to the conclusion that trying to establish new PPPs would not work given the state of the property market.
In December 2008, the Croke Villas PPP was also scrapped.
Construction at St Michael’s is due to begin shortly. Planning applications for O’Devaney Gardens and Dominick Street will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála before the end of the year.