November 14, 2019 @ 10:47 by Richard Dawson
The Central Buildings on Hartlepool’s high street has been refurbished to provide affordable homes.
The site is owned by Bernicia housing associate and after an extensive refurbishment programme now offers a range of one and two bedroom self-contained apartments and studios for rent.
Bernicia’s recent intervention is the first since the once derelict Central Buildings were given a new lease of life in the mid-1990s.
The refurbishment includes full redecoration of 10 flats and bedsits with new carpets and flooring, upgrades to electric showers, tiling and installation of new kitchens. Communal areas have also been updated.
Central Buildings dates back to the early 1900s when in 1902 it was occupied by a tobacconist, fruiter, bootmaker and tailor on the ground floor and a restaurant and several offices on the second and third floors.
Gemma Alderson, housing services manager at Bernicia, said: “We’re delighted to be able to offer affordable homes in one of Hartlepool’s most notable buildings.
“There’s a lot of investment going into Church Street and the surrounding area aimed at attracting more people to set up homes and businesses to create a thriving community.
“It’s great to see the progress being made so far and being part of the revitalisation of the town centre as a place where people can live and enjoy for generations to come.”
Those interested in renting a property in the building are invited to attend open days on November 22 to 23 from 10am to 3pm.