Work begins on new housing scheme in Middlesbrough
Construction work is set to begin on a £5.4m scheme in Middlesbrough to provide modern housing for older people.
The development on the former Levick House care home site in Linthorpe will also provide respite for adults with learning disabilities.
A total of 20 apartments are planned. Demolition of the old Levick House and bungalows has been completed.
The scheme has received £1.14m funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.
The project has been co-ordinated by the Levick Trust, Middlesbrough Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
Councillor Eddie Dryden, who chairs the Levick Trust, said: "It has taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get us to this point but the development is now becoming very real.
"The trust appreciate the patience of local residents and I hope they will soon see a high quality development which they will be happy with and will serve the people of Middlesbrough well."
Ray Minto, investment and regeneration manager at the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), said: "This scheme will make a real difference to life in the area, providing quality homes in place of a building that had become an eyesore.
"Getting to this stage has been a complex challenge for all the scheme's partners, and full consultation with the local community has played a key role in shaping the plans."