WORK to build a new £6.5 million youth centre in Scarborough is to start at the end of the month.
The Street complex is a step closer as plans to begin building work gets under way.
With all designs and planning permissions now in place, bosses behind the scheme have promised an announcement will be made in the next few weeks on the main contractor for the building work.
It is hoped that they will be on site to begin work on the 3,000 square metre centre by the end of November with the completion due in October next year.
The Street has been designed to provide Scarborough with a world class youth and community complex in the heart of the town, in William Street car park.
It is being developed by Scarborough-based enterprise charity Seachange, in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council.
Seachange enterprise manager Sarah Fenwick said: “We are reaching a very exciting moment for The Street as we announce the main contractor and get on site.
“All the discussion and planning has led us to this stage and now we will begin to see the building take shape and the dream of providing Scarborough with a world-class youth and community complex will finally start to become a reality.
“What we will soon see will be a contemporary, landmark building designed by young people for young people.”
The four-storey building will feature a sprung-floor dance studio, sports hall, climbing wall, café, managed workspace, meeting rooms and offices, recording studio, multi-media suite, art studio, shop units, garden, allotment and roof terrace.
It is being designed by progressive national company seven architecture.
The Street will offer opportunities for education and training, exercise, advice and support and a safe, state-of-the art location to meet and socialise. It is hoped that by year three it will have created full and part-time job opportunities for around 130 people.