FUTURISTIC living in Gloucester city centre will become a reality when the new Greyfriars Quarter opens in June.
Almost 300 new homes will be created on the former Gloscat college site and the media site, off Brunswick Road.
The first 90 will be unveiled as early as June as developers Linden Homes press ahead with work on site.
Last week bosses from the developer unveiled their vision for the future city centre living.
Gloucester currently has a low population density in the city centre.
Clive Wiltshire, regional director of Linden Homes, said: “You can’t come here without being touched by the history, but this is about looking forward.
“We hope that Greyfriars Quarter will inject a new vitality into the city centre. There will be 300 new homes for the people of Gloucester.
“In the 1950s and 60s people moved out of cities and they were left pretty dead. Then we realised that cities come alive when people are living in them.”
The developments features a collection of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four bedroom town houses.
First-time buyers will be buoyed by a sale price of £105,000 for a one bedroom flat.
Sales executive Neil Burton said: “We are looking at a June or July date for the first set of properties, with more becoming ready in August or September and again in December. Phase two, which is the Gloscat site, has already started and it will be ready in 18 months time.
“It is fantastic. Living in Gloucester myself for over 40 years, I can say it is very much needed.
“They will really sell. We have had a lot of interest and I expect all of phase one to be gone by December. They are exceptional quality.”
It is also planned that it will eventually feature a collection of shops and a medical centre.
Barry Leach, chairman of the Gloucester City Centre Community Partnership, agreed that the development was crucial for revitalising that part of the city centre. He said: “It seems to be a long time coming but I am glad it is finally on its way. It is filling a serious hole in the heart of the city.
“Residents will use the local shops and cafes and it will have an economic benefit for Gloucester. It will be good to get more people living in the city centre.”