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Town Centre Eyesore - What Next?

Friday June 10 2011

If you've been wondering what's happening with the half-finished building that overlooks Sheffield Road, Barnsley, here's the answer...
Work stopped when the recession kicked in and funding difficulties mean it hasn't re-started - nor is it likely to in the near future. We Are Barnsley asked the council what was happening - and here's what they had to say...

The building in question will be called City Reach and is located at land at the junction of Heelis Street and John Street on the southern fringe of Barnsley town centre.
Due to funding difficulties, work on the development stopped towards the end of 2009. The development when completed will consist of the following:
* Basement – car parking for 27 vehicles
* Commercial units on the ground floor
* Residential units – 63 one-bed, 22 two-bed and 1 three-bed
This is a private development and the council does not have any planning powers to make the developer complete it.
The council has been supporting the developer over the last 14 months in his attempts attract the requisite capital investment to enable the development to restart and complete.
The scale of investment required and lack of public finance available has meant the council is unable to bring the project to any conclusion on its own.
The council has however been looking at how it may assist the developer and we are in advanced discussions to try and help bring about a successful resolution to the project.
The council is keen to see the restart of work on the building as this will provide much needed additional jobs and training opportunities. When completed the development will complement ongoing proposals for the completion of the Remaking Barnsley projects for the town centre.

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