Midsteeple Quarter have been given planning permission and conservation area consent for the redevelopment of The Oven on Dumfries High Street.
The plans will see the building at numbers 135-139 developed into seven new flats, to be available at affordable rents, one of which will be an artistic residency studio/flat.
The street level space will be used as an enterprise space for start-up businesses and social enterprise, as well as continuing to support the community enterprise sector locally.
The Victorian facade of the existing building will be retained as an important element of the character of the Dumfries townscape.
Plans for a new shop front are also in the pipeline. It is intended that work on site will start before the end of this year.
The Oven is the first in a group of underused buildings on Dumfries High Street, which Midsteeple Quarter have identified as a site for an initiative to see local people developing their own High Street as a contemporary living, working, socialising, learning and enterprising hub – a new vision of Dumfries town centre based on local views and aspirations.
Midsteeple Quarter is the trading name of Dumfries High Street Limited; a Community Benefit Society that aims to reinvigorate the heart of Dumfries through bringing neglected High Street buildings into community ownership and developing a space for living, working, enterprising and creating.