A former school for small children could house people at the other end of the spectrum - by becoming a mini retirement village.
Putnoe Lower school moved to new premises five years ago and the site has been empty ever since.
Now developers McCarthy and Stone have announced plans to build 34 retired living apartments and 54 assisted living flats for people needing extra care.
The proposals were exhibited to the public last week.
Ali Maruf, regional managing director for McCarthy Stone, said the exhibition was well attended.
He said: “The initial feedback received has welcomed the redevelopment of the site with specialist accommodation for people in later life.”
He added: “It is important that a community meets the housing needs of all its residents.
“This development would provide local older people with the opportunity to downsize while still remaining in the area, which will free up family homes for the younger generation.”
McCarthy and Stone will now be reviewing all the feedback from local people before submitting a planning application to the council.
Anybody wanting further information about the Putnoe proposal can call freephone 0800 298 7040 or view www.mccarthyandstone-consultation.co.uk/Bedford