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Empty Hartlepool building 'could be sold in weeks'

Jackson's Landing
Mayor Stuart Drummond said "the time is right" to sell the building

An empty building in Hartlepool could soon be sold, the town's mayor said.

The council and the building's owners want to find a permanent use for Jackson's Landing, a former shopping outlet empty since 2005.

Town mayor Stuart Drummond said he hoped to make an announcement on the future of the building soon.

Site owners Schroders said it was "actively progressing a number of outcomes for the building's future beneficial use".

Mr Drummond said: "There has been loads of interest in it over the years. I think when the property market was booming they were asking unrealistic money for it, anything between £8m and £10m.

Concert venue

"The time is right for them to look at off-loading it, selling it, or renting it for a much more realistic price.

"I do know of a number of parties that are really interested in doing something so hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be in a position to make an announcement."

In the meantime, Mr Drummond said he believed the site could be used as a concert venue, possibly attracting "big name musicians".

He said: "We've done surveys on it, it's safe. I think it would be a perfect location for it."

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