A CITY centre regeneration project is a step closer to reality after plans were put forward to start demolishing buildings around Holmeside.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which owns the ex-Kwik Save supermarket site and the disused multi-storey car park, has submitted an application to Sunderland City Council to start work.
In 2002 the site was bought by the HCA as it had been identified as one of the regeneration priorities for the city.
The HCA says the project will provide a “development opportunity” to help attract investment into the city centre.
The full impact of the scheme on surrounding businesses is not yet known and some may have to close as a result.
A spokesman from the Homes and Communities Agency said: “The supermarket, twin-deck car park and associated buildings are no longer fit for modern use and need to be demolished.
“This will be to provide a development opportunity that will help attract investment into the city centre, to complement the HCA’s significant investment to date in support of regeneration initiatives across the city.
“The demolition work, that is expected to start in the summer, will take up to 20 weeks and is part of a wider 40-week timetable that includes site preparation before the demolition work can start.
“In order to minimise the impact on local residents and businesses, there are no road closures planned as a part of the demolition, and in order to prevent disruption to rail and Metro services, the demolition work alongside the railway will take place over some weekends.”