Hunt for developer ‘worthy of Odeon’ site in Bradford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Hunt for developer ‘worthy of Odeon’ site in Bradford Hunt for developer ‘worthy of Odeon’ site in Bradford

Bradford Council launched its hunt for a worthy developer of the Odeon cinema last night at an event which also celebrated the anniversary of the City Centre Growth Zone.

The Zone has committed over £3 million in business rate rebates to firms who have created jobs in the city centre.

“Many people have benefited since we launched the Zone 12 months ago,” Council leader Dave Green told some 300 business 300 gathered on the top floor of the National Media Museum.

“We have a real appetite for developing our city and we have showed our commitment to the centre by recently acquiring the Odeon building.”

While acknowledging that this has been a “thorny subject” in the past, Coun Green said they had been able to secure the building and were now launching the Expressions of Interest process to find the best potential developments.

He said the goal was to maintain as much of the building as possible and joked that anyone hoping to turn it into a car park would have to do so within the existing walls. “It’s an extremely exciting time for Bradford, with great opportunities,” he said.

Bradford Council’s Chief Executive Tony Reeves said officers had worked closely with over 100 businesses over the last year and that this would yield increasing economic growth.

Insisting it was not just another “strap-line like Bradford’s Bouncing Back,” Mr Reeves said Bradford should now be seen as a “Producer City – designing, creating, making and trading.”

He said that together with the University, the goal was to build and new skills and technology centre for the North of England. He said closing council offices in the districts meant that 1,000 staff had been relocated to the city centre and 1,000 education and social care staff were to follow within the next month.

“There will be 2,000 additional council staff in the city centre increasing footfall,” Mr Reeves said.

Expression of Interest forms for plans for the Odeon can be downloaded at www.investinbradford.com from 5pm today, with a closing date for returns of 2pm on Thursday January 30.

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7:05am Fri 6 Dec 13

Mr_Army says...

I thought that part of the reason for relocating council staff back into the city center was to allow them to sell off the surplus property. That seems to have gone badly. One I know well is the former Scholemoor Cemetery Lodge. This was put into an auction, with planning permission to turn it into a residential property, but was withdrawn before the sale date. Its now just sat there shuttered up. Come on Councillors - stop sitting on an unwanted asset and get it sold before it deteriorates or more likely gets torched. It would be good to see a report on how much of the surplus propertythat we were told would be sold by the Council has actually been sold.
I thought that part of the reason for relocating council staff back into the city center was to allow them to sell off the surplus property. That seems to have gone badly. One I know well is the former Scholemoor Cemetery Lodge. This was put into an auction, with planning permission to turn it into a residential property, but was withdrawn before the sale date. Its now just sat there shuttered up. Come on Councillors - stop sitting on an unwanted asset and get it sold before it deteriorates or more likely gets torched. It would be good to see a report on how much of the surplus propertythat we were told would be sold by the Council has actually been sold. Mr_Army

8:11am Fri 6 Dec 13

angry bradfordian says...

Where were all these councillors and council officials who all think the Odeon is now a really important building a couple of years ago?
I don't remember Green or Reeves publically supporting it then!
Where were all these councillors and council officials who all think the Odeon is now a really important building a couple of years ago? I don't remember Green or Reeves publically supporting it then! angry bradfordian

9:23am Fri 6 Dec 13

RuggerTyke says...

Westfield ?.

And whilst there's clamour for the Odeon to be saved, understandably, one of Britains most unique building - Grade Two Listed at that - has also been derelict for the same period of time. Conditioning House was the only one of its kind, where wool was tested and weighed in all, well, conditions. A grand mill, perhaps the finest in Bradford, that has been allowed to decay without any cause for concern.

But then that would just be another gem to be destroyed by our council, to join the portfolio containing Swan Aracade and Rawson Hall to name but two.
Westfield ?. And whilst there's clamour for the Odeon to be saved, understandably, one of Britains most unique building - Grade Two Listed at that - has also been derelict for the same period of time. Conditioning House was the only one of its kind, where wool was tested and weighed in all, well, conditions. A grand mill, perhaps the finest in Bradford, that has been allowed to decay without any cause for concern. But then that would just be another gem to be destroyed by our council, to join the portfolio containing Swan Aracade and Rawson Hall to name but two. RuggerTyke

10:36am Fri 6 Dec 13

Albion. says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
Where were all these councillors and council officials who all think the Odeon is now a really important building a couple of years ago?
I don't remember Green or Reeves publically supporting it then!
They hadn't bought it then.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: Where were all these councillors and council officials who all think the Odeon is now a really important building a couple of years ago? I don't remember Green or Reeves publically supporting it then![/p][/quote]They hadn't bought it then. Albion.

2:28pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Avro says...

The story title sounds like both potential developers are not worthy..
The story title sounds like both potential developers are not worthy.. Avro

3:19pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Avro wrote:
The story title sounds like both potential developers are not worthy..
Certainly seems more than the present 2 are required from reading the Instructions and forms on the application and how choice is to be made.
You can't get a Long list and a Short list from 2.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: The story title sounds like both potential developers are not worthy..[/p][/quote]Certainly seems more than the present 2 are required from reading the Instructions and forms on the application and how choice is to be made. You can't get a Long list and a Short list from 2. Joedavid

8:14pm Fri 6 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

FFS WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE , PULL THE EYESORE DOWN IF WE DON'T SOMEBODY WILL SOON. LETS MOVE ON AND PULL IT DOWN.
FFS WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE , PULL THE EYESORE DOWN IF WE DON'T SOMEBODY WILL SOON. LETS MOVE ON AND PULL IT DOWN. alive and awake

4:17pm Sun 8 Dec 13

steve10 says...

it would make a good Mosque
it would make a good Mosque steve10

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