Monday, 28 June 2010

New Hope for future of Morecambe's old Co-op building

The old Co-op on Regent Road, Morecambe. Via Google Maps

Lancaster City Council has appointed Taylor Young to conduct a feasibility study into the potential future use of Centenary House in Morecambe’s West End.

The building, which has remained under-occupied since closing as the Cooperative department store in the early 1990s, sits within the city council’s Masterplan regeneration area on Regent Road, Morecambe.

The study, funded by the Lancaster District Local Strategic Partnership will explore the possibilities for future productive economic use of the building, with one option being flexible space for start up businesses.

“The ongoing regeneration of Morecambe is a priority for the council," says Councillor Abbott Bryning, cabinet member with responsibility for regeneration, "and we are committed to supporting the district’s economy through regeneration and bringing derelict sites back in to use.

“We know that flexible, affordable premises are vital for new small businesses, and consider the option of bringing this building back in to positive use for business development as a solid foundation for future growth.”

Taylor Young will carry out a consultation. The results of this will form part of the overall study and business case.

Centenary House image via Google Maps

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