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Council set for aggressive Keddies marketing campaign
10:00am Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
COLCHESTER Council is set to aggressively market the former Keddies department store after agreeing to take over the nearby First Bus depot.
Cabinet members agreed to take on the depot last week, to add to its Queen Street portfolio, which includes Roman House and St James House.
Nick Barlow, borough councillor responsible for regeneration, said: “We’re ready to market the site much more aggressively and we are open to new ideas.
“I expect, judging from what has come in, we will probably see a mixed use of the site.
“Its location on the edge of the town centre and so near to Firstsite means there is scope for homes and leisure.
“I hope we will end up with something which will appeal to a wide variety of people.”
Mr Barlow also said since the cabinet announced plans to buy the depot, there has been increased interest in the site, including the Keddies building.
He added: “We now have different levels of interest, with some saying they would knock it down, some saying they would use part of it and others saying they could use the whole thing.
“If it’s going to be knocked down, then they will be the ones to knock it down and shoulder the demolition cost.”
The deal is expected to go through before the end of the month, after it is rubber stamped by First bosses.
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