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Iconic Georgian building in Armagh to be converted into assisted living apartments

The historic property at Abbey Street has had many uses over the years and had previously been home to the mental health charity Inspire

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An iconic Georgian building in Armagh city centre could be given a new lease of life – as assisted living apartments.

The historic property – at Abbey Street – has had many uses over the years, most notably as a resource centre.

As the Beacon Centre – or Inspire – it provided support and encouragement to people with mental health needs.

The charity has since moved to a different location within the city centre.

The landmark two-storey property was placed on the market with an asking price just shy of £170,000.

And a sale has been agreed.

With deal done, a planning application has since been submitted to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for a new use.

The applicant is Fairhome Property Developments, which is headquartered at Salford, in Manchester.

The intention is to create four self-contained one-bedroom apartments – two at ground floor and two at first floor levels. These would provide assisted living accommodation for the selected tenants.

Each unit will have a bedroom, shower room and a kitchen and living area.

There would be an office located at the ground floor, and a communal lobby off the entrance. There would be a staff room provided at first floor level to0, as well as additional toilets.

The plans are currently under consideration and a decision is expected very shortly.

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