An MP said he would like to see a former department store building in Kendal, due to be auctioned next month, used to host activities for young people.
Tim Farron’s comments precede the Finkle Street building, which previously housed the Beales department store chain, which came under hammer on November 2.
Buildings 37-55 will be auctioned with a guide price of Â£ 550,000.
Mr Farron said the space for youth clubs to organize activities for young people was even more important after the impact of the pandemic on demographics.
âBeales has been such a big part of Main Street in Kendal for a long time so seeing it sitting empty for the last 18 months or so has been really sad,â he said.
âThe pandemic has been extremely hard on young people, many couldn’t see their friends during the closures, so I would like such a large building to be used as a space for youth clubs to meet and organize activities For the young. ”
Beales closed the Kendal store in March of last year after the chain took office.
KPMG directors have admitted defeat in their attempt to find a buyer for the 139-year-old chain’s 11 remaining stores.
Comprising 3,737.34mÂ² (40,228 sq. Ft.) Over four floors, the building is located in a significant part of town and Beales’ departure left a hole in the main street.
According to Allsop Property Management, the former department store “may be suitable for a variety of alternative uses or redevelopment, subject to obtaining all necessary consents.”
For more information on planning and potential redevelopment, contact South Lakeland District Council.