DEMOLITION has begun at the derelict flats in Moyraverty.
The move will be welcomed by residents, who have been plagued by anti-social behaviour in the area in recent years.
The building, which contained 12 flats and six commercial units, is owned by the Housing Executive.
Although the scheme was initially delayed, it has now started and is due to be completed in the coming weeks.
A spokesperson for the Housing Executive said they intend to hard landscape the area.
Sinn Fein councillor Tommy O’Connor welcomed the announcement.
“We were faced with one obstacle after another but thankfully the current Minister for Social Development has now given the go ahead for the derelict flats to be removed and that section of the site to be cleared,” he said.
“These derelict flats have not only been an eyesore for the local community, they had become a haunt for groups of young people from across the borough whose only interest in the area was as a venue for carrying on anti-social behaviour.
“The lives of those left in the complex had become a nightmare with fires being lit in the ruins, drinking to all hours of the night and morning and general nuisance making.”
Cllr O’Connor added: “When this work is completed it will open up the area and make it a more welcoming environment for those who use the local St Brendan’s Primary School and the local shops.”