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City council to sell two buildings
TWO council-owned sites in York are set to be sold, with one potentially being bought by a university and the other possibly becoming accommodation for 325 students.
City of York Council’s cabinet will next week be asked to approve selling St Anthony’s House in Clarence Street, which the authority’s staff left earlier this year when its new West Offices HQ opened, and a site on Redeness Street, off Layerthorpe.
The leaseholder of the Layerthorpe building wants to buy the freehold and a neighbouring site and the authority said a student accommodation block could be built on the land if planning permission is granted.
York St John University is looking to buy St Anthony’s House for teaching space as part of its expansion plans, as the site is opposite its main campus.
The council said both sites had been independently valued, although the amounts have not been revealed. Coun Dafydd Williams, cabinet member for finance, said: “It is the council’s responsibility to ensure it secures the best value from the disposal of any of its land and buildings, and, if approved, this deal will back our commitment to boost the construction industry, secure extra jobs and support teaching and accommodation in the city.”
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