Today the GAA and Dublin City Council will be meeting to discuss, and hopefully close the sale of part of the Croke Villas Estate on Sackville Avenue to the GAA. It has not been confirmed yet how many jobs will be created in total by the project going ahead. The site currently consists of 79 apartments, of which only 9 are occupied. The apartment complex has been due a regeneration for a number of years but a Public-Private Partnership with Bennett Developments for the project fell through in 2008.
Since 2010 the GAA has expressed an interest in the site as they plan a new processional entrance to Croke Park that will take crowds off surrounding streets. Dublin City Council put a proposal to the GAA in May regarding the sale price and other terms of the sale. Today they are hoping to conclude negotiations.
If the deal goes through it will see the demolition of the dilapidated 79 flats and 44 new homes being built on a portion of the site by the Dublin City Council. The GAA would then construct the new processional entrance consisting of offices, shops, restaurants and handball facilities, creating an urban village.