Social Housing Development in Waterford to create 100 temporary Construction Jobs
|Monday, December 23, 2013|
|Some 100 temporary construction jobs are to be created in Waterford, as a long-planned Respond social housing development gets underway. The redevelopment of St. John’s College, a building which used to be a seminary, is scheduled to commence after Christmas.
The €12 million project will see the 19th century building developed into 21 self-contained apartments for older people, along with a supporting day centre.
A development of 36 one-bed apartments for older people will be built on a site directly adjacent.
The seminary, St John’s College, was bought by housing charity Respond! from the diocese of Waterford and Lismore in 2007. It has spent several years preparing the college for development.
Fr Patrick Cogan, a Franciscan priest based in Waterford who is CEO of Respond! said that the charity will “work very closely with the city council to assess all applications from prospective residents as the construction comes to a finish towards the end of 2015″.
There are some 300 applicants currently on the local authority housing list in Waterford.
Work is due to begin on the site after Christmas. Mythen Brothers are the successful tendering builders.