The North's Department of Environment has approved the demolition of the former Hamilton factory at John Street in Derry.
The building is not listed but is in a conservation area. Once Derry City Council endorses the notice to approve, a decision notice permitting the demolition will issue immediately. A meeting involving council officials is ongoing this afternoon.
Environment Minister Alex Attwood said: “No-one likes to see an old building, especially one which was part of the fabric and rich heritage of Derry go, but safety concerns dictate this building be demolished as quickly as possible".
There has been significant traffic disruption in the city since the Foyle Road was closed last night from the bottom deck of Craigavon Bridge to John Street Roundabout.