According to the Dublin City Council, the regeneration proposal of the St. Mary’s Place and Dorset St apartment complex involves the full demolition of the existing complex in three phases and the construction of 158 quality new housing units.
Phase 1 will involve the demolition of the existing St. Mary’s Place block and the construction of 8 apartments and 11 houses
Phase 2 entails the demolition of the 2nd and 3rd blocks of St. Mary’s Place and Dorset Street and the construction of 96 apartments
Phase 3 will cover the final existing block and crèche building and the construction of the remainder of the apartment units (43). DCC will provide a replacement crèche premises and will explore the potential provision of the third phase as affordable or cost rental apartments.
The overall estimated budget for the regeneration of the complex is €65 million.
The existing complex, consists of 113 apartments originally constructed in the early 1960’s. The current structures have poor energy efficiency with sub-standard kitchens and bathrooms. There is a poor site layout that facilitates anti-social behaviour, and it has a poor level of amenity for residents and for the surrounding neighbourhood.