Work beginning on new £16m Rowley Regis flats complex
A ward councillor has welcomed the start of work to build a flat complex, stating: “We need more this side of Sandwell.”
Groundwork is currently taking place on land at Harvest Road, Rowley Regis, to build a £16 million set of flats, which will house 90 beds.
The facility will be aimed at over-55s.
Rowley Regis councillor Susan Eaves said: “I think the project is brilliant, it is definitely what we need this side of Sandwell.”
The multi-million-pound development will be one of the biggest of its kind in the Black Country and will even feature its own restaurant.
As well as the apartments, the development will have communal facilities for its residents all based around a shared garden.
Work was expected to get underway in March but Councillor Eaves said the project only began a few weeks ago.
She added: “We have been telling people this project will be taking place for the past 18 months. They have just started, it started about three weeks ago.”
The project was given the go-ahead in March. The land was bought by Sandwell Council in the 1970s. It was previously bought in 1947 for housing but the land was not built on. In 2010, it was designated as community open space.
But now the land will give way to new housing.
Speaking about the project in January, former councillor Paul Moore, the cabinet member for regeneration and economic investment, said: “
The development will have a range of communal facilities with specialist adaptations including restaurants, assisted bathing along with assisted on-site 24 hour care.”