Hopes rise for sale of £1.1m landmark building
Last updated at 14:25, Friday, 11 October 2013
A landmark building which has been on the market for a year and half could soon be sold.
Eden Council’s historic Mansion House in Penrith went up for sale for £1.1m in April last year as part of the authority’s plans to centralise its offices at the Town Hall in Stricklandgate.
But the Georgian, Grade II listed Mansion House has so far failed to sell despite enquiries from potential buyers interested in converting it into a hotel, private residence or offices.
However, a report discussed by Eden Council last night revealed that two parties have expressed an interest in taking over the building.
It follows a formal expression of interest in July which remains, but “has not progressed significantly as the developer and its prospective occupier are considering alternatives”, according to the report by council chief executive Robin Hooper.
The latest interest is at an “early stage” and it is not yet known if either party will submit a formal bid. If a sale goes through the council will look to use the proceeds to extend the Town Hall to house all its staff.
The report also stated that demolition work on the former magistrates’ court, the former bakery, and former garage is now underway.
When the area is eventually stripped bare the plan is to turn it into a car park.
Meanwhile, the NHS now appears to have ended its interest in having a presence at the Town Hall but the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner looks set to have some involvement there. Cumbria County Council has confirmed it will not be basing its adult services at the Town Hall.
Councillors also discussed a £6,000 project to secure planning approval for the Town Hall extension.
First published at 14:14, Friday, 11 October 2013
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk
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