MM Capital, owners of the Phibsborough Shopping Centre in Dublin, have applied for planning to convert the building into a Co-living Scheme. Planning permission for student accommodation was previously granted. However, a dispute with the Centre’s ground floor tenants, Tesco, meant that the works did not go ahead. In November 2020, the Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien, announced a ban on new co-living developments. Nonetheless, the relevant legislation was not signed until the 22nd of December. MM Capital lodged the application for the co-living development during the period between November and December.
Under the new plans, 321 single rooms, with an average space of 18 square metres, would be included in the renovation. There would be approximately 27 rooms and four shared kitchen and living areas on each of the six floors, of the two blocks on top of the existing ground floor shopping centre. Rather than demolishing the existing building, it would be revamped and clad with metal mesh.
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