Accommodation for more than 400 students could be created in Nottingham after the plans were recommended for approval.
Applicant Hydrogen York Street, is seeking permission from the city council for the land in Mansfield Road on the former site of York House.
A total of 126 flats would be constructed in a building which would range from between four and ten storeys if approval is granted by the council’s planning committee on Wednesday 20 March.
The land was formerly the site of a 1960s eight-storey office building, which was demolished in 2014 ahead of the anticipated extension of the Intu Victoria Centre.
However, after the shopping centre giant decided not to use the plot, the application for the student flats was submitted to the council in January.
A document submitted to the authority on behalf of the applicant said: “The York Place proposals aim to regenerate a prominent vacant site, re-establish an important street edge, recreate active street frontages to Mansfield Road, provide an appropriate neighbour to the Rose of England pub, maximise the use of this important site, and provide a high quality environment for the city’s students.
“The return to living in city centres has a positive effect on the city centre economy and the viability of city centre retailing.
“With over 420 students living in this city centre building, the small businesses on Mansfield Road in particular can expect to see a benefit from increased footfall and trade.”