Community Property Development Scheme (Arches House & Arches Lane)

It had always been ARCHES’ intention to obtain their own premises with a view to achieving future sustainability.  This process was commenced in 2000 when the group obtained funding to purchase and renovate two empty shops in the village centre.  ARCHES House, which replaced and combined the original Library and Old Forge projects, was completed and occupied in 2001 and comprises ARCHES’ office, community hall and training/Board room as well as commercial units and residential apartments.

The project cost £600,000 and the main funders included – International Fund for Ireland (IFI), DSD SSPPR, National Lottery Charities Board, Antrim Borough Council, Lower Bann LEADER, Antrim Towns Development Company.

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