A national competition is to be launched for designers to develop a new architectural vision for the historic town centre of Dumfries.
Entrants will be invited to submit their ideas for the Midsteeple Quarter.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart is due in the town for the launch of the competition organised by the community-led Stove Network.
The project hopes to "breathe new life" into the town by encouraging more people to live and work in the area.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three designs and their work will be exhibited in Dumfries and Glasgow during the summer.
The Stove Network wants to see more buildings brought under local control and create new housing and services on the High Street.
A recent survey they carried out found backing for a "populated town centre" in order to make the area more vibrant.
There was also "strong support" for a mix of accommodation from affordable tenancies to student accommodation and private flats available in the upper floors above shops.
They hope the project could help start a "long-hoped-for turnaround in the fortunes of Dumfries town centre".
Source: BBC News