A £1million Empty to Occupied Programme gets underway, as twelve revitalisation projects receive funding to support commercial property regeneration across the borough.
Funded by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and Department for Communities, the £1.1million scheme will support the replacement of derelict or vacant sites with attractive, high-spec and fit-for-purpose buildings.
The innovative regeneration scheme will support local revitalisation projects across Armagh, Tandragee, Markethill, Banbridge, Lurgan and Portadown; helping deliver a total investment of more than £4million to the borough over the next two years.
With plans to redevelop commercial buildings into new retail, office and living accommodation, the programme is aimed at helping attract new tenants and reduce long-term vacancy in the borough’s urban centres.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr commented:
“As a council, we are delighted to announce funding for twelve exciting and high quality projects under our Empty to Occupied Programme. Revitalising our high streets and reducing long-term vacancy continues to be a key priority for council and by leading on this regeneration initiative, we are committed to stimulating economic growth and boosting our local economy.
“These newly refurbished premises will also offer a positive impression of a place and create a welcoming environment for visitors, while instilling civic pride amongst local businesses and residents. I look forward to seeing these projects progress and the transformation they will bring to our urban centres!”
Breathing fresh air into the borough’s urban areas, the scheme will not only positively impact the appearance of local high streets, but it will also encourage a renewed sense of community spirit, helping contribute to the area’s long term viability and prosperity.
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A £1.1 million Empty to Occupied Programme gets underway, as twelve revitalisation projects receive funding to support commercial property regeneration across the borough. Pictured Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, Alderman Glenn Barr and Gerard Murray (Department for Communities).