Councillors are expected to give the go ahead to a new 14-storey office and apartment block on the former Birmingham Post and Mail printworks building.
The tower will be built on top of the old newspaper offices which has already being converted into an underground car park, with shops and cafés at street level.
And city planning officers are recommending the second phase of development - which includes seven floors of offices topped by 115 apartments surrounding a courtyard - be approved when the council's planning committee meets on Thursday.
The development, in Weaman Street, is in the Colmore Business District area where the construction of offices is encouraged.
Apartments are not usually thought suitable but, in his report to committee, planning officer David Wells said: "There is potential for introducing high quality provision into the area."
He added that there was also less grounds for refusal as there were longer-term plans to put housing on the Birmingham Children's Hospital site.
According to the report, West Midlands Police, whose Lloyd House headquarters is across the street, had requested an assessment of the building's impact on its emergency communication systems.
The first phase of the development comprises a 752-space car and 31,600 sq ft of offices and retail units and is due for completion later this year.
Last month, it was also revealed that developer Chatham Billingham, the team also responsible for The Mailbox redevelopment, is searching for either an outright buyer or a partner to work jointly on finishing the project.