Plans to regenerate a former leisure park in Shirley - creating 100 jobs - were unveiled yesterday by leisure firm Otium Solihull and B&Q.
The five-acre site at Monkspath was once home to a number of restaurants and a Dave and Busters family entertainment centre. However, now David Lloyd Fitness Centre is the sole remaining operator.
New proposals to regenerate the site will provide a 120,000 sq ft B&Q DIY store with a garden centre, creating up to a 100 job opportunities.
"The site looks very desolate with so many vacant units and its clear that a fresh approach was required to identify an appropriate use.
"By securing B&Qs involvement we have been able to meet the considerable demand for home improvement outlets in this area as well as revitalise a poorly utilised site," confirmed a spokesman for Otium Solihull.
He added: "The proposals also include highways improvements and landscaping works to re-establish the site as a high profile, attractive location".
The company said the site was well served by public transport, with a service to Shirley town centre and good connections to Solihull town centre.
The proposals will also provide a cycle/pedestrian access to existing facilities on the A34 Stratford Road, leading to improved accessibility to the site for bus passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.
In consultation with the local authority and its current A34 corridor study, a contribution would be made towards the proposed A34/Monkspath Hall Road junction improvement scheme.
A spokesperson for B&Q said: "Our existing store at Solihull Retail Park is exceptionally busy but cannot be extended to accommodate the needs of the Solihull catchment.
" This is an exciting opportunity to operate from a larger, purpose built two storey store which would enable us to stock our full range and offer more choices for our customers.
"We will be actively seeking to recruit additional staff from the surrounding area once construction of our building commences."
The developers will be briefing local ward members, residents and other interested groups as part of a consultation programme designed to inform them about the scheme and to address any concerns or issues they may have.
"This is a major investment in the local area, creating new jobs and broadening the appeal of Shirley as an attractive shopping destination," added the spokesman for Otium Solihull.