MULTI-MILLION pound plans have been unveiled to build flats for elderly people in an abandoned part of Wrexham town centre.
An application has been submitted by the Pennaf Housing Group to turn empty former council offices on Grosvenor Road into 61 self-contained apartments.
The project represents a £9.5 million investment, subject to contract build costs.
If the planning application is approved it would secure jobs and help boost the local economy during the construction period, which will begin next summer.
The facility would be up and running in early 2017.
Deiniol Evans, director of development and technical services for Pennaf, said: “This is a key scheme that will provide an excellent opportunity for older people to live independently in their own self-contained apartments, while having access to a range of excellent communal facilities, and it represents a major investment in the area.”
Mr Evans added that the proposed investment included the cost of land purchases and professional fees, as well as any future contract build costs, which will be offered for tender, subject to the outcome of any planning decision.
He said: “We will be working closely in partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council and the Welsh Government on this important development, which will be funded partly with Welsh Government Vibrant and Viable Places [scheme] support, as well as by private finance arranged by Pennaf.”
A spokesman for Wrexham Council confirmed that planning application had been lodged for the site, which has been vacant since 2006.