Ex-eaterie to become town centre housing
A former restaurant in Airdrie town centre is set to be converted into two new flats.
North Lanarkshire Council is applying for planning permission to convert the first- and second-storey premises at 8-10 Graham Street into two-bedroomed properties.
They would then be used for council rental, as part of the authority’s plans to create thousands of new homes and increase town-centre living by repurposing surplus retail space.
Also included in the application is the part demolition of a rear stairway and external alterations and repairs to the building.
The new flats would be on the floors above two existing shop units, which would continue operating as normal – Christie’s bakery and its neighbouring unit, currently being used temporarily by a foodbank.
Should planning permission be granted, the conversion project on the upper two floors is expected to take around six months.
A spokesperson for North Lanarkshire Council said:“A contractor for the refurbishment has been appointed, and works will commence on the approval of the necessary consents. These refurbishment works are a final phase of improvements to the property.
“Its first floor was previously commercial premises occupied by a Chinese restaurant, and the second floor was used as a store.
“The two ground-floor premises would remain commercial.”
The Advertiser told in 2018 how the building was shrouded in scaffolding for a year to allow for major repairs including a replacement roof.
While Christie’s bakery and its then card shop neighbour were still able to operate as usual, the building issues meant that the family-run Chinese restaurant on the upper floors relocated to operate instead from their takeaway premises in Plains.
Airdrie representative Neil Gray MP had taken up the issue on behalf of constituents, writing to the council’s chief executive with concerns about the length of time the scaffolding had been in place before work got underway.
He also noted that its impact on access to the street-level shops, and called the scaffolding “an eyesore on one of the most prominent spots in Airdrie’s high street”.
Shrouded in scaffolding Neil Gray MP had taken up the issue on behalf of constituents