The former site of the White Swan hotel in Piccadilly is soon to be transformed into 18 newly furbished flats.
The derelict landmark which has remained untouched for many years has finally been given the go ahead by the City of York Council to be converted for its new purpose, through the work of a partnership which involves Tees Valley Housing and City of York Council.
The building is situated on the corner of Piccadilly and Coopergate and the flats will be built on the upper floor of the building in a £450,000 revamp, funded through the Homes and Communities Agency.
17 one bedroom apartments are to be created, as well as one two-bed home which will be for rent. This new accommodation will come at a great time for York with the amount of people searching for accommodation on the rise.
Martin Hawthorne, of Tees Valley Housing, said: “The scheme will have a range of benefits and we hope this will be the first of many similar initiatives in York that could increase housing, boost business even further and even create jobs.”