£2m scheme is a home win for Manchester Orthodox

Detailed plans for a £2 million affordable housing project for Jews on the former premises of Manchester Zionist headquarters Mamlock House have been unveiled.

Manchester Jewish Housing Association is developing the 22-unit mix of family houses and apartments, featuring up to six-bedroom houses with kosher kitchens. Two-bedroom apartments will also be built for retired people or young professionals unable to purchase through the private sector.

Mamlock House has been empty since being offloaded by UJIA in 2011.

Manchester City Council is said to be supportive of the scheme, for which planning applications are expected to be lodged within three months.

MJHA has undergone a major strategic shake-up with the sale of its Carmel Court and Newlands sheltered housing and elderly care facilities. Funds generated have gone towards dealing with a growing housing crisis for families and young people unable to get on to the property ladder.

Executive director John Gryckiewicz said the estate would offer outright and shared ownership for people across the Jewish spectrum. Designs would accommodate the needs of the strictly Orthodox. “This project will mean a lot to a community in which people are struggling to find housing for a number of reasons.”

Last updated: 10:45am, February 25 2013