The building, at 14 - 16 High Street, is adjacent to A' the Airts Community Arts Centre and has been empty for many years. The shop and two storey maisonette will now be redeveloped and integrated into the existing Community Arts Centre. The plans for the proposed extension will provide the community with a larger retail outlet for arts and crafts and a bigger, brighter cafe. It will also accommodate improved facilities for arts and crafts activities, including dedicated pottery and knitwear studios. We also hope to include a sound recording studio which can be used by local musicians.
An added bonus is that the building comes with a large area of ground to the rear, which has been neglected and overgrown for years. It is hoped that we will soon be working with other community groups to develop it into a lovely community garden with outdoor seating areas, arts and crafts projects and plots for growing healthy food.