TEN eyesore buildings were today unveiled as top priorities for a pre-Capital of Culture spring clean.
Officials chose a set of grotty locations to spearhead plans to brighten up Liverpool before the start of 2008.
They want to make sure the city is looking its best for the showcase year, when hundreds of thousands of tourists are expected to visit.
Cleaning up or disguising rundown, boarded-up buildings is a key part of the Look Of The City project.
Liverpool council has now chosen the 10 premises it will target under the £4m programme.
They include the former ABC cinema in Lime Street, and the old TGWU headquarters in Commutation Row.
Some of the sites are earmarked for complete redevelopment in the future, but city leaders want them made more presentable in the meantime.
Other elements of Look Of The City will see dirty pavements steam-cleaned, litter hotspots blitzed and streets decked out with colourful flags and banners.
Unadopted roads through Sefton Park, currently riddled with potholes, will also be relaid before 2008.
City’s top 10 targeted
1. West Lime Street
NOW – Shutters and boarded-up shop fronts painted, Las Vegas sign removed, pavements washed.
LATER - Complete redevelopment, hopefully starting in 2009.
2. Former ABC cinema, Lime Street
NOW - Facade cleaned, illuminated sign reinstated, entrance boarded up, broken windows repaired.
LATER - Developer sought to refurbish building.
3. Kensington Fields community centre, Hall Lane
NOW - Doors and windows replaced, kickabout area resurfaced, landscaping improved.
LATER - Ongoing refurbishment.
4. Kingston House, The Strand
NOW - Hopefully demolition of building in November-March.
LATER - New commercial development, possibly starting before end of 2008.
5. Islington and Moss Street
NOW/LATER - Council taking action to make landowners improve properties.
6. Former Yates’ wine lodge, West Moorfields
NOW - Yates’ building used for Turning The Place Over artwork, car park fenced off, short-term improvements to Moorfields station.
LATER - Yates’ and car park could be sold for new office development in two or three years’ time.
7. TGWU, Commutation Row
NOW - Doors secured and painted, forecourt cleared.
LATER - Could be sold to new buyer for refurbishment next year.
8. Gregson’s Well pub, Low Hill
NOW/LATER - Council taking enforcement action to make owner improve property.
9. Norton’s scrap yard, Parliament Street
NOW - Signs removed, walls made good, new adverts in place.
LATER - Potential for 20-floor tower of apartments
10. Islington car park, Islington
NOW - Council-owned section resurfaced, fence put up, new pay & display.
LATER - Talks about future operation of park.
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