£800,000 town hall revamp brings new jobs to Aberdare
An £800,000 regeneration project to bring a valleys community's town hall back into use has created new jobs and homes in the town centre.
Aberdare's grade-II listed Georgian building was derelict for years but now houses a coffee shop with flats above.
Rhondda Cynon Taf councillor Paul Cannon said the restoration would have a positive impact on the area.
The revamp was part of the £7.7m Aberdare Town Centre Regeneration project.
Restoration work was completed to emphasise the architectural and historical interest of the former town hall.
Built as a market hall in 1831, the building was later used as council offices before it was bought by a private owner.
It lay dormant for years until 2012 when it was bought at auction by construction firm WH Developments, which drew up a plan with Rhondda Cynon Taf council to bring it back into use.
The council awarded the project a grant to cover 60% of the costs under its townscape heritage scheme, used to improve shop fronts.
The council's deputy leader Paul Cannon said the work had enhanced a landmark building and would have a positive impact on the town.