Ealing Council has acquired the former YMCA building on Bond Street near Ealing Broadway for £1.7m.
The building is adjacent to the Empire Cinema site, a stalled development on the Broadway which has been the subject of some considerable discussion.The site has sat idle for a year while the developer has reapplied for new planning permissions after deciding the approved scheme was no longer viable. Ealing Council threatened a completion order among other things to get the project, which is directly over the road from the town hall, moving.
The decision to purchase the YMCA site was made at a Cabinet meeting in January.
Council Leader Julian Bell, told the Ealing Times: “This is a key town centre site which has been boarded up for months. The council bought the site to improve access between Bond Street and the sites further along the Uxbridge Road, including the cinema site.”
“The site acquisition could prove to be crucial in unlocking the Empire Cinema site as it increases the development potential.”