Social Development Minister Alex Attwood has welcomed the beginning of a £2m housing scheme in the Markets area.
The development of 16 two bedroom apartments at Stewart Street, on the site of the former Housing Executive district heating plant, is being funded by the Department for Social Development and Clanmil Housing.
The accommodation has been designed to a high energy efficient specification and will include landscaped gardens and secure on-site car parking for residents.
Minister Attwood said: “This is a boost for an area which needs more housing. It will be an iconic building, built to the very highest specification.
“This latest development represents my Department’s commitment to the on going regeneration and revitalisation of this much deprived part of the city.
“The delivery of high numbers of sustainable housing is one of my key priorities. This year will see the greatest number of houses started for more than a decade.
“I have seen for myself the difference that good housing can bring to people’s lives and I will continue to do my utmost to deliver what is required for our most vulnerable citizens.”
Clare McCarty, chief executive of Clanmil Housing said he was delighted to see work start on the construction of these “much needed” apartments.
“We have worked closely with local community and political representatives to get the scheme to this stage and very much appreciate their help and support. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the delivery and management of this scheme.”
Construction by Glasgiven/Geda Construction has commenced and completion is planned for May 2012.