RESIDENTS of Ossory Park are preparing to welcome new neighbours following the completion 29 new residential units which have been offered to potential tenants this week.
Comprising of 1, 2 and 3 bed units the new homes are the result of an extensive rejuvenation scheme that has been subject to much controversy due to the length of time it has taken to complete. It was first proposed by Deputy John McGuinness as far back as 1996 and it was curent senior city engineer, Kieran Fitzgerald and his tram that the project to fruition. Residents are delighted that their estate has been given such a positive overhaul and are looking forward to building a new community.
“We are thrilled with the result and we are looking forward to meeting our new neighbours and welcoming them. With our new community centre we have a great opportunity to build a fantastic community,” Annette Smith of the Ossory Park Residents Association said.
“I’m delighted this project has come to its final stages because it has been ongoing for many years and residents have had to endure a lot but now it seems like it was all worth it,” said Cllr Andrew McGuinness.
“The new units are of a very high standard and in offering them to housing applicants, the Council have given great consideration to the local community and have included a good mix of people with many who are originally from Ossory Park or connected to the area,” he said.
It is expected that tenants will begin to move into their new homes in the coming weeks, just in time for Christmas. The new units will help to relieve some strain on the local authority housing list which is at its highest in recent years.
“We are looking forward to meeting some new residents but also some familiar faces as former residents return to Ossory Park. It’s a very positive time for the street and we would like to thank everybody who helped us along the way and of course Trish Brennan for being a great liaison worker,” Pat Conroy of the Residents Association said.
“This scheme has raised the bar in terms of rejuvenating local authority areas and I would hope that in the near future we will see the same progress in other schemes such as Newpark Close and The Butts. But for now we can take comfort in the fact that residents of Ossory Park can finally begin to build a new community,” Cllr Andrew McGuinness said.