Belfast Telegraph

Homes project will 'bring new life to town centre'

By Staff Reporter

A former bakery in Dungannon is being turned into 28 apartments for social housing.

The £3.1m scheme at Sloan Street and William Street is being built by Helm Housing Association.

Connolly & Fee, a contractor in the Co Tyrone town, has started work on the site, which is due to finish in early 2017.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey visited the site yesterday, where he said it could bring more life into the town centre.

The Minister announced: "This new scheme will provide living accommodation for more than 70 people right in the heart of Dungannon.

"Town centres often experience problems in developing their value beyond daylight hours, but the introduction of residential living here will bring much needed vitality and footfall to the area.

"In addition to providing modern high quality apartment living, this new development will help bring a boost to trade in the town."

The DSD is funding £1.8m for the scheme, while Helm Housing Association will contribute £1.3m through private borrowing.

Belfast Telegraph