Bandon Geriatric and Community Council, St Michael’s Centre, today officially opened its newly constructed housing development at Avenue Grove, Bandon with the completion of nine new houses in the centre of this historic town.
Jim Daly, T.D. Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People launched the scheme which is a partnership between Cork County Council and the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The value of the project, funded through the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government’s Capital Assistance Scheme, is €1.4 m.
Speaking at the opening, Minister Daly said, “I would like to acknowledge the work of Bandon Geriatric and Community Council for bringing this project to fruition. I would also like to thank Cork County Council for working together with this strong local voluntary housing body to advance this beautiful scheme in the heart of Bandon”.
Minister Daly added “The homes being launched today are a small but significant example of how Rebuilding Ireland can and will provide homes for older people.”
The development which was carried out by HG Construction and designed by Daly Barry & Associates involved the building of nine houses, which will provide long-term accommodation for older people. Cork County Council was the Sanctioning Authority for the project and assisted in securing the €1.4 million funding from the Department of Housing, Planning and Community and Local Government through its Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS).
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy warmly welcomed the development as, “The first CAS project to start construction in the County for a number of years. The fact that it has been delivered on time and within budget is a credit to all concerned.”
Mayor Murphy added that this project “Is part of a wider and ambitious housing program being delivered throughout the county with similar schemes in Rosscarbery and Ballingeary.”
In welcoming the residents to their new homes, Mayor Murphy noted that they will also be able to avail of all the support and services offered at St. Michael’s Centre including Meals on Wheels, the Visiting Service, Care Ring, advocacy & listening services and a host of social and recreational activities.
The Mayor went on to say, “Cork County Council has had a long and rewarding working relationship with the Voluntary & Co Operative Housing Sector and has been very pleased to work on this project with this local community organisation that has provided such valuable and valued assistance to the local community in terms of the range of quality and important services which the organisation provides to the community in Bandon and the surrounding areas.”
Chairperson of Bandon Geriatric and Community Council, John Hurley, said they were delighted to provide the new independent living homes for older people in collaboration with Cork County Council and the Dept. of Housing. He also commented on how the organisation has a long history in the town of providing care and support services for the more vulnerable in the Bandon area and this official opening marks a historic milestone in the work carried out at St. Michael’s Centre.