Forty-five new jobs will be created in Armagh city centre as a result of a £6.3 million investment over the next five years.
And 30 more jobs will be secured too as a result of confirmation today (Tuesday), of additional money from Heritage Lottery Fund.
The HLF has confirmed Armagh I‘s report from last Monday when we revealed that an extra £1.9 million was being offered to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
Twenty-eight properties – in Barrack Street, Scotch Street, Market Street, Upper English Street, Russell Street and Mall West – will be restored and brought back into productive use.
A letter of offer was accepted by council last Monday.
Over 5,000 sq metres of what the HLF has described as “historic floorspace” – will be ‘returned to use’.
This is the second Heritage Lottery Fund grand under the Townscape Heritage Initiative approved for Armagh.
With match investment and private sector, it represents an injection of funding into the city centre of £6.3 million.
HLF says the project will also help to attract millions of pounds worth of additional investment to the area.
Paul Mullan, Head of HLF Northern Ireland, said: “This Townscape Heritage project will showcase the ability of heritage-led regeneration to breathe new life into our town and city centres.
“The restoration works will transform the historic built environment within the Conservation Area, making it a more attractive place to live, work or visit and it will act as a catalyst for future investment and growth.
“The project will inspire people to learn more about the heritage that surrounds them and provide opportunities for skills development. It is thanks to National Lottery players that this project will be delivering real benefits for the local community for years to come.”