Waterford City & County Council is delighted to announce funding approval by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage for the proposed Repair and Lease Scheme at St Joseph’s House, Manor Hill, Waterford City.
Walsh and Sheehan Manor Hill Investments Ltd and Waterford City & County Council have entered into an agreement to deliver 71 residential dwelling units within the existing vacant buildings on this iconic city centre site in Waterford City.
Over €4.2 Million has been approved to re-purpose the existing buildings (which are protected structures) to provide 50 apartment dwellings within the former convent building and 21 dwellings within the outbuilding clusters on the site. It is proposed to provide the accommodation for elderly residents.
The funding is being provided under Housing for All – A New Housing Plan for Ireland. It is an objective of Housing for All to address vacancy and provide for efficient use of existing stock. Housing for All identifies the opportunity to re-imagine and transform our cities and towns, and to increase residential development in cities and town centres, with a consequent emphasis on amenities and quality of life. The Plan acknowledges that addressing vacancy and dereliction has to form a key part of this response.
The Repair and Lease Scheme has been pioneered in Waterford and is a significant driver in providing high quality affordable housing solutions and at the same time has significantly addressed and delivered the return to use of vacant buildings in Waterford.
For further information on the Repair and Lease Scheme and help in returning properties to use, please contact Repairandleasing@waterfordcouncil.ie or VacantHomes@waterfordcouncil.ie or Waterford’s Vacant Homes Office on 0818 10 2348.