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18th Jul 2018
Two town centre buildings in Colchester are to be knocked down as part of a major redevelopment project.
Plans are set to go before Colchester Council's planning committee recommending the demolition of St James' House in Queen Street and the Waiting Room, situated directly behind it.
The plans form part of a project by Colchester Council to try and regenerate the St Botolph's area of the town centre.
St James' House was built in 1968 and will be replaced by an 87-bed hotel, 230 student homes and a new food and drink quarter.
The original plans had come under fire from Colchester's High Steward Sir Bob Russell, who dubbed them as being "Lego-like" and called for the council and its developer to amend the plans.
The building was previously home to the Keddies department store but has remained empty for the last decade.
The former Waiting Room was also build in the 1960s and was last used as a community arts centre and cafe.
Officers have recommended the plans for approval but will need to be signed off by planning committee councillors before demolition work can commence.
The planning committee will meet to discuss the plans this week and if given the go ahead the development will be complete in early 2019.
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