Grotto House, on Tyrconnell Road, is now owned by Pathway Homes. A director said the company has plans for the site, but didn’t say what they are.
If it can’t come to an agreement with the owner to buy the property the council will pursue a compulsory purchase order, a council spokesperson said.
It’s been in decline for about two decades. Now, the council is trying to buy it.
Over 25 years, the buildings have emptied and crumbled.
The 18th-century mansion in the north inner-city has been vacant for more than two decades.
Slievecourt DAC got planning permission in 2019 for a 9-storey office building – and another one in August this year.
Locals and councillors say they’ll be watching to see whether a farmers’ market will work here – but that, long-term, they’d rather see the derelict site built out.
Locals query whether Dublin City Council is capable of tackling dereliction even in buildings that it owns.
“At the moment you are just dealing with fake pharmacy windows and fake clothes shops,” says Labour Councillor Darragh Moriarty. “It’s hugely frustrating.
The Courts Service, their owner, says it is renovating the buildings. Says Green Party MEP Ciarán Cuffe: “Heads should roll over these things.”