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End In Sight For City Reach Building

Monday February 24 2014

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IT is hoped the ill-fated and unfinished City Reach apartments could be 'up and running' in 15 months.

Coun Doug Birkinshaw said there is 'an end in sight' for the part-built block of flats at the junction of John Street and Burleigh Street following meetings between a representative for the new owners and Barnsley Council.

It's not yet known who has bought the building but Steve Burlaga, who represents the new owners, confirmed he had met with the council's planning department on their behalf to discuss completion of the development.

The concrete skeleton - which was conceived as a striking new addition to the Barnsley skyline when the development was given planning permission almost seven years ago - sold for £375,000 at auction in October.

The structure of the development has been completed and the scheme currently comprises 88, one and two-bedroom flats.

At ground floor level, 10,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space was planned but may now change under the new owners.

"It has become a bit of an eyesore and a a beacon for drug users so to have it finished will tidy up that area and make it better," said Coun Birkinshaw.

"If it's finished it will give us another 80 to 100 homes in the town centre area which has got to be good prosperity for the town.

"All I can really say at this point is if the owners get what they want it could be up and running in 15 months."

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Reply Posted by Wing nut on Monday February 24 2014 at 14:03
Come on council get your finger out and give them the green light, let's get this eye sore finished

Reply Posted by lauren on Monday February 24 2014 at 19:48
About time! Was only saying the other day that it looked a right mess.

Reply Posted by nobby on Monday February 24 2014 at 21:43
someone has shown again what thick councilors we have 80 to 100 apartments equals a lot of rent couldnt they come up with this and generate some revenue which could be reinvested into town.

Reply Posted by ella on Sunday March 2 2014 at 14:10
How and when would people be able to apply??

Reply Posted by andy on Sunday March 2 2014 at 14:41
Does anyone know who has the electrical contract it woukd be good to get some local work ??

Reply Posted by Tom on Saturday August 16 2014 at 01:51
These properties are being marketed as buy to let 'investments' to foreign investors.

One can only hope the scheme fails, as all it will be, is a rent extraction mechanism, removing money from the town and putting into the bank accounts of rich people living elsewhere. With rents propped up by housing benefit.

In it's current state, it may be an eyesore, but at least it is not facilitating the transfer of money from Barnsley folk to wealthy foreigners. Shame we aren't building council housing and dominating the rented housing market for the benefit of the people of the town, by keeping the profits in the town.


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