HCA funding helps Bradford redevelopment
Funding provided by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is helping to give a new lease of life to an area of Bradford.
Up to £3.5 million is to be provided by the HCA for the transformation of two city centre sites - Bradford's former Odeon building and police station.
David Curtis, HCA executive director for the north-east, Yorkshire and The Humber, said: "We've already spent £1.3 million on essential repairs and maintenance to the former Odeon, which stopped the rot and gave the building three years of life.
"The additional funding that we're confirming today takes our total investment in the Odeon to more than £2.5 million and we look forward to supporting the council in its efforts to create a long-term future for this much-loved building."
Work on the dual project is now subject to final agreement from the local council and the Stewardship Committee for the region, but the HCA is confident there will not be a hitch.
The government department will be working alongside representatives of both organisations over the coming weeks to ensure the legal transfer of both sites and get the ball rolling on these much-needed improvements.
Each of the developments will be overseen by Bradford Council, with the former police station in a prime location to make use of increasing retail activity in the area, while the Odeon building will form part of major plans for providing an economic boost to the city.
Elsewhere, activity is now expected to get underway on the construction of a host of new residential properties in Greyfriars following local authority approval for the scheme.
Up to 176 new apartments and 78 townhouses will be built by development partners Linden Homes Western, the HCA and the Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company, with the project set to include a doctor's surgery, restaurants, office accommodation, bars, a pharmacy and new green spaces.
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