St Albans City and District Council have transformed a housing block in St Albans to provide more homes for the district.
The ageing sheltered housing block, Wavell House, in Cell Barnes Lane, was demolished and 24 new homes for over-55s were built on the site.
This block of new homes has been renamed Warner House and the £4.8milliom project was completed with the support of a £720,000 Homes England grant.
The block is made up of 12 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom social rent properties and has been fitted with an environmentally-friendly green or living roof.
Warner House will be home to new occupants, some of which have given up their larger homes to allow for larger size households who may currently be in overcrowded accommodation to relocate.
The council has an incentive scheme to help people who wish to downsize to a more manageable home. There are grants of up to £1,950 available.
If there are any flats remaining, they will go to people on the council’s Housing Register.
Councillor Jacqui Taylor, portfolio holder for housing, inclusion and protection, said: “It is fantastic news that, despite the impact of COVID-19, we are completing developments to provide the new social rent homes that people need.
“We are hoping that most of the new tenants will be able to move in by Christmas, giving them a festive season to remember.
“The delivery of more social housing is one of the council’s major priorities and this is yet another example of our determination to fulfil that objective.”
Anyone interested in the council’s Tenants’ Incentive Scheme for downsizing can register on stalbanshomechoice.co.uk or telephone the Housing Options team on 01727 819355.