The flats in the development will be allocated to those in need and will help local industries to attract key workers, either by direct allocation or through a vacancy chain created by moving council house tenants into the new development.
Mr MacDonald said:
'This project represents what a partnership approach to housing can do. The site has been made available through the involvement of Scottish Borders Enterprise. It also paid for the archaeological dig which was required as a condition of planning approval and in consideration of the historic importance of the site since it is opposite Kelso Abbey. I understand the development has been designed in close consultation with Scottish Borders Council and the local community.
the Bridge Street development has also attracted funding from the
Bradbury Foundation which is a Hong Kong based organisation
offering grants for social housing.
'Once completed, I am sure that the homes provided by Eildon
Housing Association at Bridge Street will demonstrate a high quality of design, contribute to the regeneration of Kelso and meet recognised
housing need in the area.'