Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA, has visited Ballyclare to announce a new £5.2 million housing scheme on The Square.
The development will provide 39 new homes for active older people and space for a social enterprise when it is completed in August 2018.
Located on the site of a former department store, the scheme is funded by an investment of £3.2 million from the Northern Ireland Executive, with a further £2 million being provided by Choice Housing Association through private finance.
Communities Minister Paul Givan MLA said: “This year the NI Executive, through the Department for Communities will deliver 1600 homes for the people of Northern Ireland. This programme aims to provide housing to meet the needs of many in our society – from families with young children to our older population. This scheme at The Square in Ballyclare will help meet the demand in this area for accommodation for the active elderly and provide 39 homes for people on the social housing waiting list.
“With being located in the town centre and being close to the local amenities, this new development will enable the residents to live independently and play a central role in the local community.”
Michael McDonnell, Chief Executive of Choice Housing said: “This is an exciting development that will provide 39 new homes for older people in Ballyclare, enabling them to remain active within the local community. These energy-efficient, accessible and adaptable homes are designed to meet the needs of older people. The first tenants will start moving into their new homes next year and we look forward to officially opening the full scheme in 2018.
“There are many demands for housing in today’s society and it is important that we get more homes underway. In Choice, we have an extensive new-build programme in place and are determined to do what we can to meet considerable need. We’re working in close partnership with local communities to deliver ambitious targets and meaningful change.”