WORK to build 210 homes on the former greyhound stadium in Hall Green is underway.
The controversial scheme saw the Hall Green Greyhound Stadium close its doors after almost 100 years in July 2017.
The track, which hosted greyhound racing every week for 90 years and attracted millions of punters and dog enthusiasts, was demolished last year.
The foundations have been laid and work on the apartments and two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes is being carried out Galliford Try Partnerships.
The homes are set to be completed by March 2021.
Selling under the Linden Homes brand, Galliford Try’s housebuilding business will sell 110 of the homes.
WM Housing Group said it will acquire the remaining 100 homes for around £14.5million – these will be offered at affordable rents as well as shared ownership.
Executive director of development at WM Housing Group, Nick Byrne, said: “WM Housing has ambitious targets to deliver new homes for local people.
“We are determined that we make the biggest contribution possible to building homes which will transform people’s lives.
“The site is a unique opportunity for a residential development and it is just four and a half miles east of the city centre.”
Speaking to The Observer shortly before the track in Hall Green closed. Clive Feltham – managing director of the Greyhound Racing Association, said it was a huge loss to the region on what would’ve been Hall Green’s 90th anniversary.
He said: “It’s incredibly sad. This would’ve been our 90th year, but instead more than 100 people have had to be made redundant as we don’t have a facility to support them anymore.
“Lots of families are involved at the stadium and many people have been working very hard for a long time.
“The only positive from this outcome is that we’ve been able to transfer the trainers, dogs, and owners from Hall Green to Perry Barr.”