An area of Birmingham has been likened to a "Soviet-era hangover" as planning chiefs back the latest in a long line of city centre apartment schemes.
Developer Seven Capital is behind the project to build 141 flats in Wrentham Street off Bristol Street which will bring a new use to vacant, run-down land.
Speaking at a meeting of Birmingham City Council's planning committee, Coun Gareth Moore (Con Erdington) said: "This area needs investment, it resembles some sort of Soviet-era hangover."
Fellow committee member Coun Peter Douglas Osborn (Con Weoley) added: "Seven Capital have made some very good investments in the city and we should welcome them."
Called Madison House, the development will comprise 81 one-bedroom, 59 two-bedroom and a three-bedroom apartment, 86 cycle spaces, parking for 47 cars and a retail unit.
Known as the Wrentham Street Triangle, the application site in the Southside district is bounded by Wrentham Street, Kent Street and Gooch Street North and bookended by two pubs - The Fountain Inn and The British Oak - although these are not part of the application.
Seven Capital is also behind the new Park Regis hotel at Five Ways island - due to open later this month - and residential conversions at Harrison Drape in Digbeth and One Hagley Road, also at Five Ways island, among others.