The old St Mary’s Youth Club premises in Creggan are to be demolished and replaced with a new £3 million youth facility.
Work on the demolition is expected to begin soon and, according to local Sinn Fein councillor Kevin Campbell, the new build is “another building block in the regeneration of Creggan.”
He added: “This is a great news story for the youth of the area... Over the last number of years, Creggan has witnessed a development transformation in the area with the building of the Healthy Living centre, the development of the Bishop’s Field Play Park, the new build for Creggan Neighbourhood Partnership alongside hundreds of social housing and community facilities.
“This new development will surely see Creggan move into the 21 century with modern facilities.” Stephen Mallett, centre manager, says people in Creggan are really pleased with the development of the Fanad Drive site.
“We have negotiated with the Church to take over the old community centre and we intend to demolish the two old buildings and put a state of the art purpose built facility in place to contribute to the ongoing redevelopment of the Creggan community.
“The club, in its present form, has served this community for over 40 years and the building has hosted and supported tens of thousands of young people.
“Since finding out that we have secured the entire site, the community and young people have expressed real excitement and support for the project.
“We hope to complete the entire building programme within next twelve months.”