With the arse quickly falling out of Ireland’s property market, and the HSE struggling to keep up with the demand for beds, Simon Harris this morning announced a major deal concocted right on his own doorstep.
Having failed to meet their expected sales targets for their Greystones harbour front apartments, Marina Village developers Glenveagh are effectively jumping ship as they hand over the operation to the Health Service Executive.
The plan being, Marina Village – where the Minister For Health himself lives – will become the self-isolation hub for the entire county of Wicklow.
“This is a major step forward in our fight against Covid-19,” states Harris. “We have already struck a deal withprivate hospitals, which brought an extra 1,000 beds to our campaign to stop the spread of this deadly virus, and now, with Marina Village, we can bring almost 1,000 more.”
Where this leaves Wicklow County Council’s harbour upgrade is unclear, as all signs point to Glenveagh no longer willing to commit to the improvements along Greystones coastline – including the planned 16-acrepublic parkconnecting the town to The Cliff Walk. which was to contain a much-neededdog park.
Said April Amadán of Glenveagh, “It’s been a very tough few months for Marina Village sales, and now, with Covid-19, the future looks even tougher. And so, even though we are sad to leave this Greystones development, of which we are very, very proud, we’re also happy to hand the apartments over the HSE in their time of need.”
WCC spokesperson Ainm Bréige addressed the issue of now finishing the work Glenveagh started by saying, “Our hope is that, when all this Covid-19 blows over, if Glenveagh can’t be convinced to return, we will find another investor to take over Marina Village.
“It may take some months, if not years, which means that the development won’t be finished until 2022 or 2023.
“For now, Greystonians will just have to put up for an eyesore for a harbour – but sure, it’s something they’re well used to by now…”
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