BREAKING NEWS, Bradford Council set to buy Odeon!


Council set to buy Bradford Odeon 
Bradford Council is set to accept the transfer of the former Odeon building from the Homes and Communities Agency for £1.

A report to the Council’s Executive on Tuesday March 12 asks members to agree to the transfer and then look at commerically viable ideas submitted for future use of the building.

The Council will also accept the transfer of the Tyrls Police Station for £1 so that the area can be developed, subject to consultation with other building users, and new City Park offices progressed.

Council leader, Coun David Green said: “We will try and find a commercially viable option for the Odeon building and would encourage anyone with ideas to come forward with a business plan.

“We want to accept transfer of the Odeon and the Tyrls from the HCA subject to them creating an investment pot of £4.1m. This will be £1.3m for the Odeon and £2.8m for the Tyrls. This is to complete some essential health and safety works on the former Odeon building which will stabilise its condition for a limited period and enabling works on the Tyrls which will help the office scheme progress.”

The Council has already seen some informal proposals from community led organisations for the building but is inviting expressions of interest up until July 13 this year. Long listing will take place until the end of 2013 and a shortlisting stage will take place between January and May 2014. A final decision will be made in July/August 2014.

If by then there are no suitable development options for the Odeon, planning approval could be sought for its demolition.

The building has stood empty since 2000 and the HCA terminated the development agreement with Langtree Artisan last September after they failed to comply with its terms and sign a Section 106 agreement.

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