Coun­cil to mull of­fers for his­toric house and land­bank

Irish Examiner - - News - Eoin English

Sep­a­rate buy­ers have emerged with of­fers of al­most €1m for a pub­licly-owned his­toric derelict prop­erty and a nearby land­bank in Cork.

Two re­ports are due be­fore Cork City Coun­cil on Mon­day rec­om­mend­ing the dis­posal of the city coun­cil owned Inchi­gag­gin House off Car­ri­gro­hane Rd, and a 4.7acre par­cel of coun­cil land, with ac­cess to Model Farm Rd, on the west­ern fringes of the city.

The house is in the city’s ad­min­is­tra­tive area. The land­bank is in the county coun­cil’s ad­min­is­tra­tive area un­til the city bound­ary ex­ten­sion next May.

Coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to dis­cuss the im­pli­ca­tions of the bound­ary ex­ten­sion on the fu­ture pos­si­ble uses of the land­bank, be­fore any de­ci­sion is made.

The city coun­cil ac­quired Inchi­gag­gin House in June as part of a larger strate­gic €2.6m ac­qui­si­tion of a 106acre prop­erty mix around Inchi­gag­gin Lane and on Car­ri­gro­hane Rd which had been of­fered for sale last year fol­low­ing High Court in­struc­tions through a re­ceiver.

The derelict, pro­tected, nine-bay, two-storey house dat­ing from about 1800 is in a poor state of re­pair and in need of com­plete re­fur­bish­ment. The prop­erty is in a land­scape preser­va­tion zone, which is zoned prom­i­nent and strate­gic metropoli­tan green­belt.

The land par­cel ear­marked for dis­posal on Mon­day was ac­quired by the city coun­cil in 2009.

In Septem­ber, the Ir­ish Ex­am­iner re­vealed how the coun­cil pro­posed to sell the house, just months af­ter com­plet­ing its pur­chase, and the land it ac­quired in 2009, while leas­ing other parcels of land ac­quired in the June deal for agri­cul­tural use.

Of­fi­cials said that, given the con­di­tion and her­itage sta­tus of Inchi­gag­gin House, it is un­suit­able for coun­cil use and sale on the open mar­ket is the pre­ferred op­tion.

Now, de­tails of the po­ten­tial buy­ers and sale deals will be brought to coun­cil for de­bate on Mon­day.

Coun­cil­lors will be told fol­low­ing the plac­ing of both the house and land­bank on the open mar­ket, €535,000 is the “best con­sid­er­a­tion rea­son­ably ob­tain­able” for the land­bank, and €420,750 is the high­est of­fer for Inchi­gag­gin House.

Cer­tain con­di­tions will be at­tached to the sale of the house, in­clud­ing a duty on the pur­chaser to re­de­velop or re­fur­bish the prop­erty and re­move dere­lic­tion within three years of the date the deal is closed.

If that is not done, the coun­cil said it will place the prop­erty on the Derelict Sites Reg­is­ter, which will in­cur an an­nual levy on the mar­ket value of the prop­erty.

And if the re­de­vel­op­ment is not done to the coun­cil’s sat­is­fac­tion, the owner will be pre­vented from sell­ing the prop­erty on with­out the coun­cil’s writ­ten con­sent, or the coun­cil will reac­quire it for the orig­i­nal sale cost.

The coun­cil pre­vi­ously said the move to sell the house and land will help it re­cover a por­tion of the pur­chase costs from the June deal, and will not im­pact on its plans for the area, which in­clude pro­vid­ing more recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties there.

A re­view of sport­ing needs is now planned ahead of the city bound­ary ex­ten­sion.

The coun­cil has de­fended its land ac­qui­si­tion and said it will give it an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties in the area, and cap­i­talise on op­por­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the OPW’s planned flood de­fence works along the Lee Fields.

Inchi­gag­gin House: In need of com­plete re­fur­bish­ment.

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