Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited the site of a new £11.5million family housing scheme near Bawnmore last week.
The development, on the site of the former Felden Training Centre at Mill Road, will provide 97 new homes for families on the social housing waiting list.
The new homes are being built by Clanmil Housing Association, with part funding from the Northern Ireland Executive, through the Department for Social Development.
Work on the project is expected to be completed by October 2015.
Speaking during his visit to the site on March 14, Mr McCausland said: “One of my key priorities as the Minster responsible for housing is to deliver decent, affordable and sustainable homes, which are accessible to all.
“This new £11.5million housing development at Felden is but one example of this commitment in action. Upon completion almost one hundred more families will be able to access good quality accommodation through these new homes.”
He continued: “Clanmil Housing is to be congratulated for the excellent design and delivery of this project. The houses are being built to the most exacting standards. The development team are to be applauded for also designing in good quality recreation space. Going these extra miles to help create and sustain a community in which people will want to live is very much to be welcomed.”
The new homes will be built to high energy efficiency specifications. All have also been designed to ‘Secured by Design’ and ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards, ensuring added security for tenants and flexibility of adaptation if required at a later date.
Steve Amos, Chair of the Clanmil Housing Group said: “Clanmil is committed to providing high quality, affordable homes for rent in areas of high housing need and we are delighted to see work under way on the construction of these much needed new homes for Newtownabbey, bringing this vacant site back into use for the community.
“We have worked closely with local community and political representatives to get the scheme to this stage and very much appreciate their help and support. We look forward to continuing work together to make this development a really good place to live and raise a family, with great homes in an excellent environment.”