The demolition of an eyesore office block alongside a main route into Dudley will mark a milestone in the regeneration of the town, according to developers and the Dudley North MP.
Calls for Cavendish House, a former Inland Revenue office block, to be redeveloped have been made since the last workers left the building five years ago.
The office block standing off Trindle Road and overlooking Dudley Southern Bypass was boarded up following vandalism attacks.
Security and insurance costs for the building were thought to cost around £250,000 a year.
But now plans to tear down the offices to create a supermarket bringing 300 jobs and an estimated £44 million turnover have been approved.
Multi-million regeneration projects boasting tourism to the town’s top attractions including Dudley Zoo and modern learning campus’s for Dudley College are already under way.
Dudley North MP Ian Austin said he hoped these developments were the start of “big changes” in the town.
“For too long things have moved too slowly and I’ve been saying for years that we need a new strategy to bring more shoppers, tourists and businesses to Dudley,” he said.
“But the plans for Cavendish House, the zoo and the college are very encouraging and show things are moving in the right direction.”
Dudley Council’s planning committee approved the redevelopment of the site by developer Cavendish Quarter Properties at a meeting this week.
The building faced several stalled development plans including being transformed into a 150-room hotel.