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Burnt-out city centre building to be demolished in the near future

The Bishop Street store was destroyed in a fire in 2014 but has lain empty since and has become an eyesore in the area.

Burnt-out city centre building to be demolished in the near future

The derelict building at Bishop Street is to be demolished and replaced with a family justice centre.

The burnt-out remains of the former Poundstretchers store in Derry's city centre is to be demolished.

The Bishop Street store was destroyed in a fire in 2014 but has lain empty since and has become an eyesore in the area.

However, it is to be demolished after planning permission was granted for a new family justice centre to be built on the site.

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee last week approved a request to demolish the building.

The family justice centre for Foyle Women’s Aid will consist of a reception, offices, family rooms, ancillary facilities and a public drop-in centre cafe at ground floor level with supported housing units in a separate associated block to the rear at 7-9 Bishop Street.

The council committee heard that the proposed development comprises of a social enterprise café and shared justice centre that occupies the three floors of the building, which fronts onto Bishop Street and has nine supported living units, which are located on a new build block to the rear of the proposed Justice Centre/café.

The new build bloc will be a three story building that will include a family room space with covered open space for children along with nine apartment.

The block will be attached to the Justice Centre through a glazed covered atrium on the ground floor. 

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