Swansea Council plans to create a new community hub in three neighbouring retail units that no longer have tenants at the Dyfatty end of High Street in the city centre.
The change of use would see the properties at 107-109 High Street refurbished, including new electrics, replastering, new kitchen and office space and an open plan area at the front.
The resulting development would mean new space for members of the local community to meet with third sector organisations and others.
A number of local groups have been consulted on the changes, with wider consultation due to take place with the local community shortly.
A council spokesperson said: “We want the people of the High Street area to have a strong a community as possible – and this new space, should it get planning permission, would be a valuable asset.
“High Street is important to Swansea’s future and we want the people who live there to feel as supported as possible.
“Plans are at an early stage and we aim to engage with the local community so they get what assistance and guidance they need.”
The run-down area has historically been plagued by anti-social behaviour and drug use. High Street is benefiting from tens of millions of pounds of investment as part of the council’s regeneration plans.
New homes have been created, an imposing new home for hundreds of students is being built by the railway station and the historic Palace Theatre building is set to be saved and given new life as a base for local businesses.
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