£13 million shared neighbourhood housing development which will deliver 127 high quality rented homes to one of the most in demand residential areas in Belfast has been launched today.
Global Crescent, a name which was chosen by local school children, is being delivered by Fold Housing Association under the Together Building United Communities (TBUC) strategy. It is situated close to the Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Park in the south of the city.
A programme of 10 Shared Neighbourhood schemes in Social Housing is being supported by the First and Deputy First Minister's strategy which reflects the Executive's commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.
The first phase, with a total of 86 units, has a proposed completion date of October 2015 while the second phase of 41 units is due to complete in September 2016.
John McLean, Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association, said: 'This is a particularly exciting day for Fold as it represents not only a multi-million pound investment in the south Belfast area but also the launch of our first TBUC Shared Neighbourhood development. It is a privilege for the organisation to deliver such a significant scheme to an area which is experiencing such high demand for housing.'
At Fold we seek to offer much more than just housing. Fold's Good Relations Plan will be developed with the involvement of local businesses, community groups, elected representatives and other agencies to ensure a lasting ethos of sharing, inclusion and real community empowerment.
To cement our commitment to community involvement in this area, P5 children from Euston Street Primary School and St Michaelâ€™s Primary School were invited by Fold to submit suggestions for the name of the development. We are delighted that Belfast City Council chose one of those submissions.
Officially launching the scheme Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen said: .We welcome the launch of todays. £13million shared neighbourhood scheme which will make a real difference to the lives of people not just in Ravenhill Road and Ormeau Park area of south Belfast but right across Northern Ireland.'
The Northern Ireland Executive is committed to continuing to improve community relations throughout Northern Ireland and through the ˜Together: Building a United Community' Strategy is making real and tangible commitments to building a united and reconciled society.
Through the strategy, we will seek to create communities where there is greater choice. By breaking down barriers we can create a more cohesive community and achieve our vision of a society where people can live, learn, work and socialise together.
Fold has another established development, Ardenwood, in close proximity to the new site comprising 32 houses and bungalows.
Pictured above: Junior Minister Michelle McIlveen today launched Global Crescent, a £13 million shared neighbourhood housing development delivered by Fold Housing Association under the Together Building United Communities (TBUC) strategy. Pictured with the Junior Minister is John McLean, Chief Executive, Fold Housing Association, Weronika Moraz from Euston Street Primary School, and Luke Turley from St Michaels Primary School. The scheme will deliver 127 high quality rented homes to one of the most in demand residential areas in Belfast.
Pictured Below: Finn Donnelly and Luke Turley from St Michael's Primary School join Weronika Moraz from Euston Street Primary School to launch Global Crescent, a £13 million shared neighbourhood housing development delivered by Fold Housing Association under the Together Building United Communities (TBUC) strategy.
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