WORK on transforming the old Adria site into a new social housing development could get underway as early as next spring.
Interested parties were afforded a first glance at how the site could look following its ambitious transformation at a public consultation event in Melvin on Friday evening.
Speaking at the consultation a spokesperson for Habinteg Housing Association, who are spearheading the scheme, explained the development will provide a mix of 85 family homes – mainly two and three bedroom, with two four bed homes available. There will also be around 80 apartments – some 22 of these will be designed specifically for people aged over 55; and the development will be completed with eight affordable homes, which are designed to give residents the option to buy these houses with support, similar to co-ownership schemes.
Also planned for the site is a community building which will be suitable for a variety of purposes – it could be utilised as a crèche, hairdressers, a meeting centre etc.
A green area with ample space for residents to relax will be located in the centre of the development.
Designed by RPP Architects the development will have one entrance from Beechmount Avenue, and the houses/apartment blocks have all been designed as two storey buildings and will be sympathetic to the topography of the site and the surrounding residential areas.
Emphasising that the drawings and details provided at the consultation are the proposed plans for the site the spokesperson explained this design is dependant on planning permission being granted.
It is hoped such permission will be secured by the end of this year with work beginning on site by March/April 2020. The development will be completed in phrases and released to the public as each stage is completed. The overall construction work is estimated to take around four years.