MAJOR new plans have been announced for the long dormant block of flats in Lisnafin Park.
Including “smart” technology and featuring a “substantial” investment from the Housing Executive, it is understood that works could begin in the New Year at the earliest.
The flats, which had been a magnet for antisocial behaviour in previous years, have been boarded up for almost a decade.
Offering a tentative welcome to the announcement from the Housing Executive, local councillor Paul Gallagher said the plans should be made public.
“These flats are right in the heart of the estate and they have attracted a lot of antisocial behaviour,” he said.
“As far as I am aware, they have been empty for a long time, over seven years at least. That’s a long time for any place to be laying dormant, so it would be good to see these plans from the Executive.
“People want to be proud of their area. The last thing they want is an eye sore that nothing is being done about.
“You have to ask the question though: How much money is being made available for this?”
This week a spokesperson for the Executive declined to say how much money is being tasked to the redevelopment, saying that tenders had yet to be sought for future works.
“Plans for a major refurbishment are well advanced to redevelop these flats including the provision of smart technology with substantial investment associated with the redevelopment,” they said.
It is understood that the ‘smart’ technology in part pertains to assisted living for the elderly.
The spokesperson continued, “At this moment we are not in a position to agree a start date but we expect it to be in the programme for 2018/19.
“The flats have now been vacant for a number of years due to high levels of anti-social behaviour.”