A plan to turn the former Ilkeston Co-op building into flats has taken another step forward with a show apartment now available to view.
Developer ALB Commercial Investments is inviting interested buyers to inspect the model home, the first of 73 planned for the upper floors of the building.
Director Arran Bailey said: “We are delighted to announce that the public will be able to view our work for themselves.
“We have worked hard on amending our plans to meet the council’s requirements over the last few months, and this dedication has now come to a head with the show flat being released.”
Erewash borough councillors approved the ambitious plans in March 2017, after ALB successfully turned the ground floor into retail units.
The building is currently home to Coffee Vida, MP Maggie Throup’s office, Thorpes of Ilkeston, the Discount Party Outlet, and Snap Fitness.
Together they have helped to offset the decrease in footfall caused by the Co-op’s closure in 2013, to the benefit of neighbouring shops and other businesses.
ALB and the council hope that an influx of new residents to the building will also boost town centre trade and have a transformative regeneration effect.
Arran said: “The demand for housing in Ilkeston is rife, and there was a distinct need to bring increased footfall back to the town since the closure of the old Co-op department store back in 2013.
“South Street has clearly been neglected and I understand that residents are worried about what is going to happen. I viewed the building and instantly saw a gap in market for this sort of high quality investment.”
The new development will consist of one- and two-bedroom apartments and a car park, plus external alterations, extensions to the roof and additional and replacement windows.
Plans have evolved since permission was first granted, with additional apartments agreed earlier this year.
The project has been complicated by the building’s historic features, its location in a conservation area, and difficulty ensuring interior flats would receive daylight once the space is divided.
Nottingham-based ALB is a specialist in the conversion of former industrial and commercial buildings into housing and new business units.
Its most recent projects include Victoria Mill in Draycott and Prosperity House in Derby and the former Carlton Police Station.
For more information, visit albgroup.co.uk. To make an appointment to view the show home, call 0115 9859001.