A DISUSED hotel and apartment block in Baltimore is to be refurbished and 18 new social housing units provided.
Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly TD, confirmed that €2.2m has been approved for 18 turnkey units in what was previously a busy hotel and leisure centre complex.
A local group initially took over the running of the pool and leisure centre. The group subsequently purchased the pool – that Minister Daly famously fell into – and are now running it as a community endeavour.
The old hotel and six new builds on the site are to be converted into the 18 turnkey units – a term that is used to signify that the developer will build them to such a standard that all the purchaser, Cork County Council, will have to do is turn the key on the property.
The Fine Gael TD told The Southern Star: ‘My ministerial colleague, Eoghan Murphy, has confirmed to me that his department has approved €2.2m for the local authority to acquire the units in Baltimore.’
The proposed development will involve 12 conversions from the old hotel and apartment units, as well as six new builds.
Skibbereen Cllr Karen Coakley (FG) said: ‘This is fantastic news for the community. Social housing is in short supply in West Cork so a development of this kind is most welcome.’
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