South Tyneside Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order to acquire the outstanding land and properties it needs to deliver the next phases of the South Shields 365 masterplan.
At a meeting of the council's Cabinet in March, a resolution was made to pursue the Order in respect of the land required for Phases 2 and 3 of the £100m regeneration scheme.
This affects land on Keppel Street, where the new Transport Interchange will be located, and Barrington Street, which is earmarked for retail and leisure development.
The Compulsory Purchase Order does not affect land and properties previously identified for a supermarket - Phase 4 - of the regeneration, for which there is now no proposed development. The council will not therefore be acquiring any further premises located on the land formerly identified as Phase 4.
Councillor John Anglin, Lead Member for Regeneration and Economy, said: "We would always prefer to secure land and properties through negotiation but this is not always possible and we will use all means available to us to keep the project on schedule.
"This week will signal the formal start of the statutory process. All affected businesses and landowners will be fully advised of the process and their right to object.
"The council will continue to work closely with them throughout the process and try to identify alternative premises for relocation."
Excitement is building ahead of the opening of The Word, National Centre for the Written Word, this autumn.
The state-of-the-art cultural venue is the jewel in the crown of the 365 regeneration, which is a joint scheme with Muse Developments, one of the country's leading names in urban regeneration, and South Tyneside Council.
Work is progressing at a pace on fitting out the interior of the innovative centre which will boast an impressive range of facilities including exhibition space, a computer gaming area, a design and innovation studio with 3D printers, digitised archives, meeting rooms, children's immersive storytelling area, OpenZone IT suite, café and a rooftop restaurant and terrace providing stunning views over the river.
Cllr Anglin added: "We are one hundred per cent committed to transforming our town centre and it is exciting to see our plans coming to fruition.
"The Word is on schedule to open this autumn, we have full planning permission for the new Transport Interchange which will provide a new gateway to South Shields and enhance connectivity to the key areas of the town, and we have outline planning permission for the leisure and retail elements of the scheme."
See full details: South Shields Town Centre Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) documents