A new £2.6m development offering homes to families on the council waiting list has officially opened in Leeds city centre.
Work to demolish the Kendal Carr building, in Hanover Square, started in 2015.
And after an 18-month project by Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA), the St John’s House development opened this week.
It comprises of 23 affordable apartments for rent and was specially-designed to blend in with the adjacent Denison House, a Grade II listed building.
The new development was opened by Lisa Pickard, LYHA chief executive, and Coun Debra Coupar.
“It’s a fantastic outcome,” Mrs Pickard said. “Within two years, an ambitious vision for the community has been realised, and excellent quality new homes provided.
“I’ve heard so many personal stories and experiences from our new customers and listened to why these new homes are so important to them. This is why we do what we do.
“From start to finish this project has been a great example of how through strong partnership working we’ve delivered local solutions and breathed some new life into an existing community, and created life changing moments for so many individuals and families in housing need.”
LYHA acquired the land for the development specifically for affordable rented homes from the council. It was also given a £680,000 grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. The homes were let in partnership with the council for families who were on the waiting list for housing need.
One of the new residents, John Asher, a former accountant who became unable to work due to health issues, was seeking new housing following a relationship breakdown.
He said: “The staff at Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association have been great. The future looks much brighter now I’m living in a beautiful new flat, close to the city centre, and with friendly neighbours.”