A man from Adamsdown has organised a petition to stop the proposed demolition of the historic citadel building on Splott Road and Pearl Street.
Owen Jones, who started the petition, says people haven’t been consulted about the plans or told what will be built on the land.
He says “Adamsdown [is] a huge population centre and so there are a lot of calls for a community based building”.
Local C2J Architects submitted the proposals and say a recent structural survey of the building highlighted its ‘potentially dangerous structure’.
The survey also shows the rear of the Citadel is at ‘high risk of complete collapse, potentially towards the adjacent railway line’.
The building was also found to be in ‘poor condition’ with damp and hollow plaster inside exposed to the elements over a number of years.
The application for demolition of the building was submitted to Cardiff City Council last month to allow for redevelopment.
C2J Architects have also released plans on their website for the construction of 21 flats on the site, which haven’t yet been submitted for approval.
But Owen says “by putting in the [application for the] development without saying I’ll be putting flats there is just a way of getting it fast tracked”.
The petition so far has more than forty signatures, but Owen hopes to collect more names by knocking doors in the area close to the building.