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Midsteeple Quarter ask for community’s views on high street buildings

Midsteeple Quarter are inviting the community to a future event to explain the next phase of their project plans for the acquisition of two buildings in Dumfries High Street.

The community-led regeneration initiative aims to create a new high street, with a mixture of retail, enterprise, social, leisure and housing.

Construction work will begin on the first building purchased, known as The Oven, in autumn, and the community benefit society is continuing plans to purchase neighbouring empty properties.

Community Enterprise has been appointed to produce a feasibility study and business plan for the acquisition and development of two units within the Midsteeple Quarter – 111 and 121 High Street.

The community are being asked to suggest ideas possible uses of the two buildings to feed into a feasibility study and inform a business plan for their possible purchase.

An online poll has been created with this Sunday as a deadline to take part: www.allourideas.org/111_121_High_St_Ideas

At the community consultation next Friday and Saturday (14th-15th), people will see the architect’s vision for the High Street, with research information gathered about the heritage of Dumfries and where their ideas have been inspired by.

These ideas include high quality housing available at affordable rents, sustainable retail space suited to new local enterprise businesses, spaces for the community and flexible working.

The purpose of the exhibition is to show the feasibility study for the next phase of the project. To raise the money to implement the final ideas, the organisation need feedback from the people of Dumfries.

Scott Mackay, Chair of The Midsteeple Quarter Board, said: “We are pleased to be taking another step forward with the ongoing acquisition of empty buildings in Dumfries High Street. It is the community that are making this happen and their ideas and aspirations for the town are the key to turning its prospects around.

The exhibition will be open to the public on Friday August 14 and Saturday August 15 from 11am until 4pm at The Oven, 135-139 High Street, Dumfries.

More information on their website: www.midsteeplequarter.org. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place, so wear your mask.

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