A double boost for the Obins Street area is announced this week, with news that work will start soon on the long-awaited Curran Street housing project - and the £880,000 development of St Mary’s Youth Club has been completed.
The Department of Social Development has confirmed that Oaklee Homes Group have formally agreed to purchase the Curran Street site, and that all the required paperwork will be completed early in October.
Ultimately, there will be 34 houses – a mix of social and affordable housing and two small commercial premises - with the first phase of 12 housing units starting in the New Year. The process to appoint the contractor is underway and should be completed later this year. The next phase will proceed once the construction of the initial phase has been successfully concluded.
The development of the Curran Street area as a site for housing was identified several years ago as a central action by the Northwest Portadown Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership which is comprised of representatives from local community associations and a number of statutory agencies. The Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership is assisted by the Department of Social Development.
Meanwhile, major refurbishment works and a partial extension to St Mary’s Youth Club have just been completed. St Mary’s has been providing a valuable service to the local community since it was first established in 1959.
The project which cost almost £880,000 was developed by St Mary’s Youth Club working in conjunction, with the Northwest Portadown Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership, which provided the initial support and resources required to take the project to full development stage.
The projects includes - first floor extension to provide new office and multi-media room; new passenger lift; new roof over entire building; remodelling of existing entrance and reception office; new kitchen to social area; new wall, floor and ceiling finishes; new mechanical and electrical services installations including new boiler and heating system.