There is great interest in the future of the vacant site at the corner of Dumaresq Street and York Street. The Department of the Environment is aware that for the future of the area as a whole, this site is important and its use and appearance should complement and enhance the work that is being proposed in the streets around as part of the St Helier Street Life Programme.
It is felt that this site could act as a catalyst for the regeneration and refurbishment of the group of buildings between:
- Dumaresq Street
- Pitt Street
- York Street, including the Channel Island Co-operative Society Charing Cross food store and the historic foot buildings
The Department of the Environment believes that the public interest is best served by securing the release of this site to the Co-op at the full and open market value which will generate a capital receipt to the States. It would enable other significant public benefits associated with the regeneration of their landholdings here to go ahead.
Much work remains to be done and the approval of the States Assembly secured the sale of the land, but the department believes that it has taken the first step in unravelling a complex issue that has clouded the future of land and buildings in this area for some considerable time.
A planning brief for the site has been approved which will ensure that the site is redeveloped with a building which repairs the gaping hole and large exposed gables of the adjacent buildings left when former buildings here were demolished. It will restore the street pattern and character of this area, where evidence of what the town used to look like can still be seen.
Corner site, Dumaresq and York Street leaflet