More details were announced on a major regeneration project planned for Hanley that could see new offices, a hotel, a live events arena with a capacity of 3,600 and hundreds of new homes built.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council leaders are currently awaiting the outcome of a Â£ 20million bid to the government leveling fund for the ‘inner city regeneration area’ as the project is known.
But they also hope that their new master plan for the so-called “East-West” site, which was first unveiled a year ago, will help spark private sector interest in development.
The document, showing the proposed floor plans for all of the different buildings, was written by Birmingham-based Glancy Nicholls Architects in conjunction with Arcadis, Savills and other consulting firms.
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The master plan includes plans for a 3,600-seat arena, a 144-room hotel and 18,525 square feet of food and beverage outlets.
There are also reportedly 292 apartments and seven townhouses, 65,520 square feet of retail space, a 701-space multi-story parking lot, and a 214-space underground parking lot.
The master plan also specifies how development will be phased in over the coming years.
The first phase would see the construction of a new multi-storey car park at the Meigh Street car park site, with demolition of the existing building set to begin later this year.
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Commercial and residential buildings would follow in the second phase while the arena would be the last part of the project.
While not included in the master plan itself, the council’s vision also includes a light rail station that would be part of a light rail network project.
Council Regeneration Chief Cllr Dan Jellyman said, âThis will be the most important site in Stoke-on-Trent for the next 20 to 30 years.
âIt won’t develop overnight. It will probably take ten years for it to fully materialize. But it will be crucial to ensure that we have a successful downtown.
âResidential is going to be a big part of that, we’re going to have people again living in our downtown area.â