A council has secured compulsory purchase orders for two properties in Goole in order to redevelop the town.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council had tried to agree the sale of the properties in Richard Cooper Street, but it was not possible.
It follows a public inquiry which is estimated to have cost the council in excess of £15,000 in professional fees.
The council has a £9.79m plan to revamp the area. All other properties on the street are owned by the council.
The council also owns all properties in nearby Phoenix Street.
'See project develop'
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles MP confirmed the compulsory purchase order (CPO).
Councillor Stephen Parnaby, OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "We are delighted to have been given the government's backing.
"Having listened to people living and working in Goole we know that they want answers about what the future holds for their town, and in many cases to see the project develop. This is a view that we share."
The public inquiry heard from the council, the landlords who own the two properties which are the subject of the CPO, and other interested parties.