City of York Council agrees to buy Stonebow House office block site

The Stonebow House office block in York

The Stonebow House office block in York

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

CITY leaders have agreed to buy the site of a York office block regarded by many as the city’s worst eyesore, with the aim of moving its redevelopment forward.

The freehold of Stonebow House will come under the sole control of City of York Council once it buys North Yorkshire County Council’s share for £62,250.

The authority is in talks with the administrators of the company which holds the leasehold on the 1960s office block about its future.

The council has said all options for the site will be considered, and although no decisions have been taken, demolition has not been ruled out.

The freehold, the purchase of which was approved by the authority’s Labour cabinet this week, covers the long-term ownership of the land and the building.

Stonebow House was part of the Tawny property portfolio - also including Clifton Moor Industrial Estate and York Business Park - whose value had fallen by an estimated £160 million when property services company DTZ were appointed as its receivers last autumn.

Council officials said sole ownership of the freehold would simplify any future development of the site.

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10:41am Sat 11 Jan 14

Woody G Mellor says...

Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do!

Wonders never cease.
Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do! Wonders never cease. Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -10

11:17am Sat 11 Jan 14

WhyEver says...

Misleading headline again from the Press - the Council has only bought the land, not the building itself. I reckon £2-3M would be needed to buy out the leasehold - why doesn't the Press ask one of it's many Estate Agent buddies for a valuation?
Misleading headline again from the Press - the Council has only bought the land, not the building itself. I reckon £2-3M would be needed to buy out the leasehold - why doesn't the Press ask one of it's many Estate Agent buddies for a valuation? WhyEver
  • Score: 24

12:02pm Sat 11 Jan 14

imassey says...

I'll say it again (and I'll keep saying it), whatever happens I hope we don't lose Fibbers and The Duchess. The other businesses are easier to relocate, these two need to be considered and helped if relocation is the only option.
I'll say it again (and I'll keep saying it), whatever happens I hope we don't lose Fibbers and The Duchess. The other businesses are easier to relocate, these two need to be considered and helped if relocation is the only option. imassey
  • Score: 14

6:18pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Sign 'O' The Times says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do!

Wonders never cease.
Not yet, they haven't. It is still there!
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do! Wonders never cease.[/p][/quote]Not yet, they haven't. It is still there! Sign 'O' The Times
  • Score: 4

12:27am Sun 12 Jan 14

Silver says...

Sign 'O' The Times wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do!

Wonders never cease.
Not yet, they haven't. It is still there!
Yeh but the price for the ownership is how much? £62K really?
[quote][p][bold]Sign 'O' The Times[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do! Wonders never cease.[/p][/quote]Not yet, they haven't. It is still there![/p][/quote]Yeh but the price for the ownership is how much? £62K really? Silver
  • Score: -1

9:52am Sun 12 Jan 14

powerwatt says...

Silver wrote:
Sign 'O' The Times wrote:
Woody G Mellor wrote:
Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do!

Wonders never cease.
Not yet, they haven't. It is still there!
Yeh but the price for the ownership is how much? £62K really?
That is the price for the freehold, not the building.
[quote][p][bold]Silver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sign 'O' The Times[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: Bloody Hell!!! This council finally does something we actually want them to do! Wonders never cease.[/p][/quote]Not yet, they haven't. It is still there![/p][/quote]Yeh but the price for the ownership is how much? £62K really?[/p][/quote]That is the price for the freehold, not the building. powerwatt
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Boyer for England says...

A lot of these 60's developments have been pulled down which is largely good news. If this stays for another few decades it may be listed !
A lot of these 60's developments have been pulled down which is largely good news. If this stays for another few decades it may be listed ! Boyer for England
  • Score: 4

6:19pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Anna Gramme says...

A truly extraordinary building. Sublime in its imperious majesty, a siren call to explore Peaseholme Green. Who could resist ?
A truly extraordinary building. Sublime in its imperious majesty, a siren call to explore Peaseholme Green. Who could resist ? Anna Gramme
  • Score: 2

7:01pm Sun 12 Jan 14

ouseswimmer says...

Should make for nice landfill before too long.
Should make for nice landfill before too long. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Sign 'O' The Times says...

Boyer for England wrote:
A lot of these 60's developments have been pulled down which is largely good news. If this stays for another few decades it may be listed !
If it is left for a few decades there will be no need to demolish it, it will probably fall down anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Boyer for England[/bold] wrote: A lot of these 60's developments have been pulled down which is largely good news. If this stays for another few decades it may be listed ![/p][/quote]If it is left for a few decades there will be no need to demolish it, it will probably fall down anyway. Sign 'O' The Times
  • Score: 4

2:25am Mon 13 Jan 14

PReDiToR says...

If and when they knock this POS down and start making some other prestige building (that they'll sell for a loss to a businessman friendly with the council in a few years), how much care are they going to take of the taxi rank that runs down the side of it?
Discounting the station there are only three busy ranks in York and this one has far less moronic cage fighting than Rougier St. It should be protected to some degree.

Widening the road so that all 8 busses that pass through The Stonebow at a time might help with congestion a little, as would closing off the rat run around the very expensive and largely meaningless rising bollard.
If and when they knock this POS down and start making some other prestige building (that they'll sell for a loss to a businessman friendly with the council in a few years), how much care are they going to take of the taxi rank that runs down the side of it? Discounting the station there are only three busy ranks in York and this one has far less moronic cage fighting than Rougier St. It should be protected to some degree. Widening the road so that all 8 busses that pass through The Stonebow at a time might help with congestion a little, as would closing off the rat run around the very expensive and largely meaningless rising bollard. PReDiToR
  • Score: 4

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