Easingwold-based developers Caedmon Homes are building 29 apartments, with prices ranging from £120,000 to £450,000. The one, two and three-bed apartments, including affordable homes and studios, will be available for occupation in the spring of 2019.
The City of York Council approved the fine details of the development with Caedmon Homes, part of the Norstar Real Estate Group, this autumn.
Paul Brown of Caedmon Homes explained that Doncaster-based contractors Pacy and Wheatley of Doncaster were progressing well on site.
He said: “This is a very exciting development, which will add to the excellent reputation of the Groves as one of the city’s most popular residential areas.
“We believe it will be especially attractive to first-time buyers, who are hoping to get a foothold on to the property ladder and to couples or people looking to downsize or retire.
“The development is clearly aimed at owner-occupiers. We are very aware of the history of the Groves as a prime residential location in York and our development will complement this.
“The affordability of the homes is a very important element of this project and we have linked up with the Halifax who can offer preferential mortgages. Combined with the Government’s Help to Buy initiative, we trust that a number of young professionals will be able to become home-owners for the first time.”
Anthony Wheatley, managing director of Pacy & Wheatley Construction, said: “We were delighted to be appointed as Caedmon’s build partner of choice on this redevelopment in the great city of York’
“We have already worked with Caedmon on another successful York development, so we were proud to be asked to partner with them again on a project to complete a conversion, extension and residential renovation to apartments in the city.
“The existing nursing home is being completely renovated in order to provide 29 residential units. Demolition of a section of the existing building and a further extension of a 3-storey timber frame nature, varying alterations and refurbishments to suit the new proposed layout are all necessary.
“The current roof will be removed and an additional third level is to be installed and a new roof and coverings provided. In addition, associated external works to include a new car parking and a soft landscape area arrangement are being provided.
“The project is located in a heavily populated area of York, consideration will be continuously given to the local residents and any disruption caused by the works is being kept to an absolute minimum.
“The site is restricted by one-way systems and local residents’ parking. Therefore, access and deliveries pose planning issues to us, so precise coordination is necessary.”
York was recently named “the best place to live in Britain” by The Sunday Times due to its “perfect mix of heritage and hi-tech”.
The newspaper described it as a “mini-metropolis with cool cafes, destination restaurants, innovative companies – plus the fastest internet in Britain”.
Places were ranked on factors including jobs, schools, local shops and broadband speed.
“This was an exceptionally encouraging report,” said Mr Brown, “although it did confirm what many of who love this city already knew.”