BUILDING work on a new £6.5 million youth and community centre in Scarborough is finally under way.
Construction of the 3,000square metre complex, which will be known as The Street, began yesterday and is expected to last for 11 months.
The four-storey building will house a mix of modern youth facilities and office space for charities and voluntary organisations.
The start of building work marks the culmination of more than a decade of hard work for people who have campaigned for improved youth facilities in Scarborough.
Devon Page, 17, who has been involved for five years, said: “From the moment I heard about the project I was completely committed to seeing it become a reality. Now all the hard work is finally paying off.
“After visiting the site this week it finally began to sink in that, after all the hurdles we have faced, The Street will become a reality and change the face of Scarborough.
“I am truly excited to follow progress of The Street and will be there on its opening to welcome people to this inspiring project.”
The building will feature a sprung-floor dance studio, sports hall, climbing wall, café, managed workspace, meeting rooms and offices.
It will also have a recording studio, multi-media suite, art studio, shop units, garden, allotment and roof terrace.
The Street has been built in partnership between charity Seachange and North Yorkshire County Council.
Seachange enterprise manager Sarah Fenwick said yesterday: “Today is a tremendous milestone for The Street and the first tangible sign of the centre coming to fruition after many years of planning.
“We have been looking to get a youth centre for Scarborough for more than a decade and today we see all those hopes start to become a reality.”
Mrs Fenwick also paid tribute to the young people who have worked on the project.
She added: “They have been on board since the very start and have shown amazing dedication and commitment.”
Hertfordshire-based contractor Willmott Dixon has been chosen to carry out the building work.