Dunlo Hill On Track For New Housing
Dooley’s Bar and Grocery has been a prominent focal point pivoting the top of Dunlo St and Dunlo Hill where the row of Estate workers cottages ends at the junction to Aonach behind the mount.
This 1.8 acre site has been acquired by Galway County Council to develop into 19 residential Units to ease accomodation wating lists.
Councillors have been briefed by the -house consultants on final design, layout, look and feel of the new development as final plans are being drawn up for the Part 8 planning process due to commence over the summer months.
Cllr Dermot Connolly (SF) stated: “The design and architectural reports are still being looked at and I believe at the next municipal meeting there will be a final update and sign off on that. We have put our input into the design and have specified that the new units must maintain the familiar Georgian look of the town, resembling the 19th century style of the town centre and ensuring it keeps a traditional provincial town look.”
This development is anticipated to have 19 housing units , all council owned and managed with no voluntary housing co – operative involved or private sales. Priority for the new housing units will be given to those who struggle with mobility particularly those who are elderly, as the Dunlo Hill setting will provide easy and safe access to the town centre for residents.
Councillor Connolly added: “In the Ballinasloe Municipal District alone I would not be too far off in saying that there would be over 600 people on the waiting list for housing. Every day we are getting phone calls, emails, letters of enquiries from those on the housing list and their representative’s asking about when they will receive the suitable housing they need .”
“While there is no official timescale to the project. The Council is fully overseeing the project and they are looking at every method to ensure that this project is completed as efficiently, as cost effective and as quickly as possible. Once the designs come in and are approved we can move to give a proper timescale but I would be severely disappointed if there has not been significant works completed in the next 16 months.” concluded Cllr Connolly.
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