Work has started on building a number of private rental apartments on a former garage site.
The development off Chamberlain Avenue, Stoke, is the latest to be undertaken by Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s private housing company, Fortior Homes.
The former garage site, owned by the council, has been transferred to Fortior Homes for development. A total of 10 one-bedroom apartments in a low-rise, two-storey block will be built – aimed at key workers from the nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital and other professionals.
They are being built in partnership with RSJ Builders Limited, with completion expected in spring 2020.
Councillor Joanne Powell-Beckett, the city council’s cabinet member for housing said: “We have an ambitious housing growth programme in Stoke-on-Trent, with the aim of providing high quality accommodation for residents at all stages of life.
“As part of this, these properties are being developed, let and managed by our housing company Fortior Homes.
“By redeveloping this land we are adding to an already rapidly growing portfolio of new homes for residents, as well as creating a more pleasant environment for the whole community.”
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of the city council and Fortior Homes board member, said: “It’s great to see work starting on this site, which will transform a former garage site into a quality housing development and bring brownfield land back to life.
“Each apartment will have its own front door, and there will also be residents’ and visitors’ parking spaces, as well as communal spaces outside.
“We want to make sure Stoke-on-Trent has homes to suit all needs, and for people at all stages of life. These properties are targeted at the professional market, and we are hoping to attract staff at the nearby hospital or those who work in the city centre. The size and layout of the apartments would attract predominantly single working people, and we believe there is a definite market and demand for this property type.”
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