After receiving planning approval on Tuesday evening, work to demolish the former Ballynafeigh PSNI Station on Belfast’s Ormeau Road is expected to begin in May 2019.
Co Tyrone developer Knockburn Ltd is set to knock down the derelict structure and build 57 new apartments on the site.
The full proposal includes two apartment blocks, three retail units with frontage onto the Ormeau Road, a communal court yard and underground car parking. There are plans to have the apartments ready by the summer of 2020.
The site hit the market two years ago at £900,000 and was snapped up by a company owned by Donaghmore property developer Padraig Drayne.
Michael Martin, one of the directors of Like Architects who are designing the project, said the apartments would deliver much-needed homes on one of Belfast’s main arterial routes.
“The building, which fronts onto the Ormeau Road has been designed to represent a modern interpretation of the traditional Belfast red brick terrace and will have active frontage onto the road,” he added.
“We worked with the development team to carry out an extensive consultation process that was praised by local elected representatives.”