A major development of apartments and shops on one of Sheffield’s busiest roads could create 300 jobs during construction.
The £35m plan- to include 120 homes aimed mainly at professionals and 44 at students - will replace a former car dealership on Ecclesall Road, towards the city centre.
It will be a very high quality project with a community feel and will bring that part of the road alive, providing an important link between Ecclesall Road and the city centre.
It also includes retail and other outlets to compliment the character of Ecclesall Road, where people travel to from across the city to visit boutiques, bars, restaurants and independent shops.
Jobs created during construction are expected to total 300, with more than 100 at the completed site.
Dan Simpson, from developer Hallminster Ltd, said the development would be ‘visually striking’ and a major ‘boost’ to the area.
He added: “It’s an important mixed use scheme for Ecclesall Road, on a site that has been long overdue for redevelopment.
“It will be a very high quality project with a community feel and will bring that part of the road alive, providing an important link between Ecclesall Road and the city centre.
“We kept going when things were tough in 2011 and 2012, ensuring there were still cranes on the skyline of Sheffield, and now this is one of our biggest projects so far.
“It will regenerate another part of Ecclesall Road, in keeping with its distinctive character, creating a new sustainable community and providing employment opportunities for the city at the same time.
The development is planned for between Summerfield Street and Pear Street on a former Vauxhall car dealership, which is currently occupied by a temporary furniture showroom and has an outdoor cafe next door. A nearby car wash will be unaffected.
Residents living in the apartments will have semi-private gardens, roof terraces and balconies, as well as a communal courtyard.
Mr Simpson added: “The development is intended to look visually striking and will have a very high specification.
“It will incorporate environmentally-friendly measures, modern methods of construction and utilisation of materials that have a relatively low embodied energy will make the development sustainable.”
Tomorrow plans will go on show to residents and traders at the MAF Properties office at 114 Ecclesall Road, from 10am until 8pm. Developers and architects Bond Bryan Architects Ltd will be on hand to answer questions and MAF Properties is to manage part of the scheme.
Public consultation must take place before plans are submitted to Sheffield Council, and it is hoped work could start in autumn this year, with a completion date of summer 2017.