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Work gets underway on £1.5m apartments

Work has begun on the construction of 15 new apartments in Comber.

The Hillside Park project, which will cost £1.5 million, is designed for people over 60 who do not require any support. However they will all be linked to the 24 hour Fold Telecare system.

Thirteen two bedroom apartments suitable for three persons, and two wheelchair friendly apartments capable of housing three persons are being built.

Alpha Housing, which is behind the work, already has 34 apartments in the Weir Court sheltered scheme and 11 bungalows at Weir Close in Hillside Park.

When complete the association will have a stock of 86 homes available for rent in the town.

Alpha chairman Alastair Giffen said: “The new project will complete the development of this site and taken together with the Stepping Stones scheme at Bridge Street represents a very substantial investment by Alpha in the town of Comber.”

Councillor Simon Hamilton cut the first sod at the site last week.

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He said: “I am extremely honoured to have been able to cut the first sod at this fantastic new sheltered accommodation development.

“Providing more social housing for the people of our area and in particular older people and those with mobility issues is one of my personal priorities so it is great to see a housing association like Alpha build 15 new homes in what will become known as Weir Brae.”

Mr Hamilton said the new apartments would not just be homes for people but would ensure “tremendous spirit within the sheltered accommodation with everyone living there really enjoying the sense of community there is in their development.

“This scheme also provides a much needed £1.5 million boost to the local economy and the construction sector during these difficult economic times,” he continued.

“I was privileged to be able to play a small role in helping this scheme become a reality and I look forward to 18 months time when Weir Brae will be completed and people will start moving into these wonderful new homes.”

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