The first sod has been cut on a £6.9 million housing scheme in south Belfast.
Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie MLA yesterday officially cut the first sod to launch the 43 new family houses at Roden Street.
The development, by Fold Housing Association, is part of the ongoing regeneration of the wider Donegall Road and greater Village area.
The scheme will cost £6.9m, with the Department for Social Development providing £5m through the Housing Executive.
The balance of £1.9m will be funded by Fold Housing Association through private financing.
Minister Ritchie said: “The construction of this latest phase of 43 houses and apartments is a great boost for the area.
“Good housing is the cornerstone of strong, stable and sustainable neighbourhoods. I am pleased that we have been able to put together a strategy that will help enhance and stimulate the regeneration of the area.
“Local people can look forward to enjoying their new, modern, energy efficient homes in the near future.”
Ms Ritchie added: “Through the New Housing Agenda, I have made the increased supply of housing my first and foremost priority.
“I am determined to do all I can to help people off the waiting list and these 43 new houses will be a valuable contribution to the 1,750 new homes planned for this financial year.”
Construction on the 43 houses by Braidwater Construction has just got underway, with completion planned for autumn 2010.