Hull’s Labour Council is committed to refurbishing the Avenue Centre when the lease returns from the Goodwin Development Trust in August 2021.
The building will be retained by the council as a hub for creative businesses and those currently using it will have the option to return. The council is also exploring whether the Avenues Library could be located here as part of the refurbishment, but this would need a full consultation. As soon as the council has formally agreed on the funding and the timetable for the building works, local councillors and officers will meet with current building users.
The council will work to provide current users with alternative accommodation options. The extent of the works needed mean they will have to be completed in one go and the building cannot be in use for the duration.
One myth can be ruled out. If we have a Labour-controlled council, the building will be retained for community use, run by the City Council. There are no plans to sell the building or convert it for residential usage.