The pilot at Ballybough House transformed two old, run-down council flats into a larger, modern A-rated home. It could be replicated elsewhere.
For heritage reasons, and also environmental ones, Dublin City Council is working on a plan to improve rather than discard Ballybough House, designed by Herbert Simms, and built in 1938.
Planning documents show that Bartra has been granted permission to give money instead of providing public space, but don’t give any specifics as to why.
An advert for the site, vacant for years, says a feasibility study displays “the potential for a student accommodation scheme comprising 285 bed spaces”.
Ballybough has just one tree for every 317 residents, a 2016 survey found. But locals say there’s been little progress on fixing that.
Martin Heeney says he’s been reporting the spread of black mould to the council since he moved in, but it’s never been properly fixed.
Residents across the north-east inner city have seen a few new murals lately, with more to come: €80,000 has been set aside by Dublin City Council.