An old shopping arcade, which is almost empty is to be sold off for housing.

The Shawbridge Arcade in Pollokshaws is to be sold to Glasgow Housing Association for £1 million pounds.

GHA plans to demolish the buildings and construct 70 flats for rent on the site.

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Currently there is only on unit occupied in the arcade that once served the local community.

William Hill Bookmakers are the only tenant remaining in the once thriving centre on a month to month basis.

The bookies has already been served a notice to quit the premises ahead of the sale to the housing association.

GHA want to develop a residential scheme to create 70 flatted units from the centre for mid-market rent.

The have applied for permission to demolish before the sale goes through to allow work to start as soon as they have ownership of the property.

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The price is £1,000,050 with a first instalment of £210,000.

The demolition and new build flats will continue the regeneration of the area that has been going on for more than a decade

GHA, part of Wheatley Group has been building homes in the area since the demolition of the old Shawbridge multi-storey flats stating in 2008.

Hundreds of low rise homes replaced the multi-storeys in the Shawbridge and Riverford Road area.

The distinctive red tower blocks, which dominated the skyline in the area had stood since they were built in the 1960s.

The old neighbourhood retail shopping centre was declared surplus to requirements by Glasgow City Council in May last year.

It is one of ten sites across the city that were agreed to be sold off to Registered Social Landlords in Glasgow for new build housing

Lindsay Lauder, Wheatley Group’s Director of Development and Regeneration said: “We’re developing exciting plans for new, affordable homes in the Pollokshaws area, as well as office space.

“If approved, the development will transform the unoccupied retail space into high-quality, energy-efficient homes, with works anticipated to start this year.

“We’ll keep the local community fully involved as plans move forward.”