Ensuring that the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens is advanced and that new homes and better community services and space provided has been a key priority of mine since you first elected me to Dublin City Council in 2009.
That work is now well underway but before final plans are advanced to An Bord Pleanala, the Community Consultative Forum, which I am a Co-Chairman, has organised a Community Consultative Workshop to update you on the works ongoing but to enable a conversation take place about how the final redevelopment will look, feel and how we ensure that our community has the services, amenities and facilities it needs to flourish even more.
Therefore, I write to invite you to attend this Workshop next Wednesday, October 24th from 6pm in the LIFFEY SUITE of the ASHLING HOTEL on Parkgate Street.
CONSTRUCTION WORK PROGRESS
Demolition on the remaining two blocks of the original flats in O’Devaney Gardens is nearing completion. Construction work is well underway in delivering the first 56 new Public Homes with the laying of foundations nearly completed. Actual building work has started on these new homes with the contractor completing extensive drainage infrastructure works, diverting utility services and finalizing the realignment of the public road. An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar T.D. visited O’Devaney in recent days where I along with our local Minster, Paschal Donohoe T.D. showed him the progress that is currently being made on site.
ADVANCING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMAINING O’DEVANEY GARDENS LANDS
The Special Housing Delivery Team in Dublin City Council is continuing with the Competitive Dialogue Procurement Process to select a Contractor / Developer, who will be responsible for building the remaining 640 homes in line with the Revised Master Plan, agreed by Dublin City Council in January 2017. Currently, three candidates remain in contention. Prior, however to the City Council beginning the final phase of this Procurement Process, the Consultative Forum, of which I am a Co-Chairman, is hosting a Community Consultative Workshop so that local views and opinions can be included in the criteria being prepared to begin that final phase of the Procurement Process next month.
INVITATION TO COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
As one of the Community Consultative Forum Chairs, I ask that you come along to our Community Consultative Workshop in the LIFFEY SUITE, ASHLING HOTEL on Wednesday, 24th October 2018. Registration begins at 6pm with the Workshop starting at 7pm. As a resident and your LOCAL Councillor, I have always said that the redevelopment O’Devaney Gardens cannot be allowed to take place in isolation from the rest of Stoneybatter, Infirmary Road, Arbour Hill and Montpelier. That is why I ask you to consider coming along to take part in this consultative process, hear what is happening and how the redevelopment may have an effect on our community.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP?
Our Consultative Forum is seeking to bring together individuals, residents associations, community organizations and key local stakeholders to explore our ideas, hopes, concerns and opportunities that need to be addressed as part of the redevelopment of O’Devaney Gardens.
Some of the things we intend to discuss on Wednesday, 24th October at our Community Consultative Workshop include:
• Building design of the homes to be provided and the materials to be used as part of that process.
• Planting and landscaping of the redevelopment.
• Future identity of the O’Devaney Gardens lands.
• Safety during and following the construction works.
• The provision of Community & Recreational facilities.
• Design of the Park & playground.
• Availability of car-parking and bicycle parking spaces.
• Phasing of the redevelopment project.
• Permeability and accessibility of the proposed redevelopment.
This is not an exhaustive list and if there are other items that people wish to discuss, the Workshop will facilitate that.
REGISTERING FOR THE COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE WORKSHOP
If you intend coming along next Wednesday, please register at EVENTS.CONNECTTHEDOTS.IE/ODEVANEY. Alternatively, you can let me know you can attend by either:
• TEXTING ‘ATTENDING O’DEVANEY WORKSHOP’ to 086 847 1720 along with your name and address.
• EMAILING ‘ATTENDING O’DEVANEY WORKSHOP’ to RayMcAdam@gmail.com along with your name and address.
I would ask you to register in advance of the Community Consultative Workshop so that I send can you a brief Questionnaire you can complete PRIOR to Wednesday’s Community Workshop. This is questionnaire is designed so that you can get the most out of the Consultative Workshop as possible but also to assist the Forum in working to ensure your views and suggestions are factored into the final criteria Dublin City Council will use to select the preferred Contractor / Developer to undertake the building of the remaining 640 homes planned for O’Devaney Gardens.
Between now and next Wednesday, if you have any questions or queries arising about the details outlined above or indeed, about the workshop itself, please contact me at RayMcAdam@gmail.com. I will endeavour to answer those enquiries as best I can.
Fine Gael Councillor - North Inner City
Leader, Fine Gael, Dublin City Council
Chair, Urban Form & Planning Strategic Policy Committee