VILLAGE BRACED FOR ‘BIG DIG’ TO HOUSE NEW RESIDENTS
Harold’s Cross is facing into a “big dig” over the coming months as developers start work on three major sites.
Construction on houses, apartments and social accommodation for around 1,000 new residents threaten the village with traffic and noise disruption within weeks.
On the largest project, developers New Generation are asking city chiefs for a green light to start work on a 180-apartment complex at Mount Argus.
The proposed eight-block development facing onto Kimmage Road Lower was approved by An Bord Pleanala in April 2011.
Plans include a massive dig four metres beneath the level of the adjoining River Poddle for an underground car park.
The excavation will need significant earth works and its removal in heavy lorries.
A new access is also needed from Kimmage Road Lower, including a bridge over the river, to get equipment onto the site.
A tree survey is also to be carried out.
Exploratory work has already begun at the field next to Mount Argus church by the developers, who are also behind redevelopment plans at the St Clare’s Convent site.
Separately, homeless organisation Focus Ireland has confirmed works will start before the end of the year on a 28-apartment sheltered housing complex in the village.
The three-storey development will be sited at the front of Our Lady’s Hospice on Harold’s Cross Road.
It will include 18 one-bedroom apartments, nine two-bed flats and one three-bedroom unit.
Focus Ireland said the development will be used to house “the elderly or people with a disability” who are registered as homeless with Dublin City Council.
A “commencement notice” to start approved works was issued to planning chiefs in October.
In another major development, construction is due to begin on 36 new houses and 27 apartments at the junction of Harold’s Cross Road and Mount Tallant Avenue.
The 3.4 acre site was formerly used by the CapCo roofing company and has lain derelict for a number of years.