Plans put forward by Ayr Renaissance were given unanimous backing by councillors with a host of empty buildings set to make way.
The starting gun has at last been fired on a river renaissance designed to propel Ayr back from the doldrums.
Councillors have this morning given wholesale backing to River Square at the foot of the High Street.
And demolition teams will actually begin work tomorrow morning to clear the 1.2 acre site.
Once all the former department stores are razed to the ground archaeologists will move in to sift for remnants of Ayr’s past.
The plan developed by Ayr Renaissance will eventually see a hotel, flats, a public square and South Ayrshire Council accommodation for 400 staff.
Renaissance Chairman James Knox said: “I am absolutely delighted not just to see the application passed, but also all the positive comments about what we are trying to achieve.”
The project’s managing director David Bell added: “This development will mark a structural change in the town and this will be a catalyst for change for wider regeneration.”
Source: Daily Record