CONSTRUCTION has started on the building of 371 new houses and apartments on the former Greenpark Racecourse lands.
The lands, which are strategically located to access roads, a motorway, and within walking distance of the city centre, have been undeveloped for over two decades since horse racing relocated to Patrickswell in 1999.
Labour councillor Joe Leddin welcomed the commencement of works.
“As a local resident and councillor, I have seen many false starts and planning applications over the years to redevelop Greenpark Racecourse as all previous applications requested vehicle access onto the South Circular Road, which I could not support,” he said.
This application for 157 houses, 76 three-storey duplexes, and 138 apartments will include vehicle entrance and exit via the Dock Road. New link roads to include segregated cycle lanes and footpaths will be provided as part of the planned development.
Cllr Leddin believes the Greenpark site offers significant potential for development both in terms of residential and light industry.
“Its close proximity to schools, shopping centres, and the city reflects best practice compact development within the city with a range of smarter travel options.
“With a continued demand for housing and recent jobs announcements in the city, the construction of these houses will help meet the significant demand for suitable accommodation.
“There is great history associated with Greenpark Racecourse with thousands of people greeting former Pope John Paul 11 in 1979, while earlier that same year John Treacy won the International Association of Athletics Federations World Cross Country Championships at Greenpark Racecourse,” he recalled.
A separate application for the construction of a nursing home and associated care facilities is currently being considered by An Bord Pleanála.