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Joint Venture Transforms Eye-sore 18 May 2007

A site at the corner of Tynwald Street and Westmoreland Road, previously occupied by derelict and industrial buildings, has been transformed to provide 22 new apartments for older tenants. This joint venture between Douglas Corporation and Department of Local Government and the Environment, was designed by the Department’s Architectural Office and complements other improvement work in the regeneration area.

A number of existing Corporation tenants who occupied larger family houses in the local area have transferred to the apartments. The development has given the tenants the opportunity to ‘downsize’ to a modern apartment without having to move away from friends and neighbours. An additional benefit is that the released houses will be let to households on the waiting list who require much needed family accommodation.

The Department acquired the site, which had been labelled an eyesore by local residents, as part of the scheme to regenerate the Tynwald Street/Allan Street area. Eighteen First Time Buyer flats in the adjacent Westmoreland Court were completed in August 2004. Refurbishment of publicly owned properties in the area is in progress and environmental improvement works will be completed when the remaining few workshops have been acquired.

Tynwald Court Apartments were officially opened on 18th May 2007 by the Mayor of Douglas, Councillor CLH Cain, JP and Mr Juan Watterson, MHK, who is the Member responsible for Estates and Housing at DLGE. They toured the apartments and visited new residents in their new homes before unveiling a plaque.

Councillor Cain stated that, due to the excellent working relationship between the Corporation and the Department of Local Government and the Environment he was delighted that the Corporation was able to offer its existing tenants and applicants on the Housing List the opportunity to move to the high quality apartments within the centre of Douglas. He stated that the apartments are built to the highest specification and would provide comfortable and secure accommodation in a much improved environment at reasonable rent levels and would be a valuable asset to Douglas Corporations Housing Stock.

Mr Juan Watterson added,

“The Department is delighted to have been involved in this joint venture project which has provided much needed new housing close to the town centre as well as improving the local environment. I am also pleased to see that the Department’s policy of building new homes for older people is having the desired effect of providing homes for a future aging population and at the same time releasing existing family homes for younger tenants”.

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