'Temporary' shops in Hull's Ferensway to be demolished ... after 65 years
A ROW of 'temporary' shops in Ferensway are finally set to be demolished after 65 years.
The ramshackle set of buildings have all been vacated, having once housed takeaways, music shops and carpet stores.
It was also the home of Hull Council of Disabled People, which has now moved down the road.
Hull City Council, which owns the site, is set to demolish the eight buildings in the new year.
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NPS Humber Ltd will carry out the demolition work, which should take just under three months to complete.
A council spokesman said: "The demolition of the properties in Ferensway is due to begin early in the new year and completed in March.
"This will include adding screening along the frontage."
The land has not been designated for any particular use but it is likely the land will be used for office space rather than further retail use.
The council spokesman said: "The demolition will open up the site for development and regeneration opportunities, which we expect will gain interest from developers open to expressions of interest.
There was anger among traders when they were told the units in Ferensway would be demolished just weeks after St Stephen's opened in September 2007, having put up with months of disruption during the development.
The businesses battled road closures, falling sales and even had to lay off staff due to construction work on the major development opposite their stores.
The shops had been clinging on in the hope that, once open, the £200m development would attract much-needed new trade to the area.
The row of shops had been leased out by the council and were built as "temporary" structures in 1947 .
Councillor Stephen Bayes, portfolio holder for economic regeneration, said: "I am pleased this work is finally going ahead.
"The plan is to demolish the shops and clear the site so we can trigger some interest.
"We will have to see who comes forward and we will work in partnership with any developer.
"A hotel could be built on the site but Hull is also very short of grade A office space."
Selling the land could provide the council with a much-needed cash injection.
Cllr Bayes said: "We are not going to spend lots of money tarting up the site, we just want to make sure it is secure.
"Selling the land would make us some money as it is prime land near to St Stephen's Shopping Centre and close to the train station.
"But we will not sell it unless we are happy with the development.
"We allocated money earlier this year for strategic demolition and I am pleased to see this going ahead."