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Old hotel coming back to life.

A well-known Carlisle landmark, the former Central Plaza Hotel, could soon be restored to its former glory by new owners.

Newcastle-based property consultancy Stanton Mortimer recently completed the sale of the property on behalf of Whitewell Hotels Limited, for an undisclosed sum, to an offshore development/ investment company.

The building was sold with the benefit of planning consent to develop 35 apartments, three townhouses, a bar and a restaurant but it is understood that the new owners plan to return it to its former use.

The 84-bedroom hotel on Victoria Viaduct was built by John Laing in 1882. It closed in October 2004 and was first put on the market in 2003 as a going concern.

Michael Blake, director of Stanton Mortimer, said: "The acquisition of the Central Plaza building and its re-opening as a hotel is very good news for Carlisle. The project should create a number of jobs and make a significant contribution to the city's economy.

"The city has seen considerable development over the last few years and this is another piece in the jigsaw. This is a historic building and it will be wonderful to see it brought back to life once again."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2006
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