Green light for €4m investment in two much-needed housing projects in Kilkenny city
More than €4 million will be invested in two vital housing projects in Kilkenny city which will see 24 new residential units becoming available for the elderly, disabled, and those in danger of becoming homeless.
The Good Shepherd Centre has confirmed it has received planning permission for thier plans to create 12 new housing units on the grounds of their centre at Brother Thomas Place on Church Lane in the city. Meanwhile, a further 12 units have been given the green light for a site on Blackmill Street.
The development of Blackmill Street will involve the demolition of a building, most recently used as a snooker hall, and the construction of two three-storey apartment blocks on the site, each containing three one-bed and three-two bed apartments.
The Good Shepherd Centre raised the money for the developments through local donations and funding from the State’s Capital Assistance Scheme.
Ciara Quinn, operations manager of Kilkenny Voluntary Housing Association, which will run the two sites once they are built, said the 24 units are a much-needed addition to the social housing needs of the city.
Ciara told KilkennyNow.ie: “In not only providing accommodation it seeks to protect the streets scape of the street,” Ciara said, “by ensuring under-utilised or derelict buildings are refurbished and maintained to the highest level.
“KVHA provides much-needed housing to groups such as the elderly, people with disabilities and families. We are a local charity who provide housing to local people, that’s our own unique brand. We can therefore maintain a high presence.”
The team at the Good Shepherd Centre and in KVHA maintain the properties to the highest standards and provide suitable, long-term and affordable accommodation to those who are provided with a property.
“Our housing teams work closely with our tenants and the local community to assist people in maintaining a home and a respectful connection to the wider community,” Ciara added.
“KVHA also works with local disability and older peoples services to provide much need and suitably adapted accommodation. These groups can struggle to obtain accessible accommodation. The new charity will remain dedicated to the people of Kilkenny.”