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Wallace Tower taken off market while community group seeks grant funding
The Wallace Tower is to be taken off the market for a year while the Tillydrone Community Development Trust, which wants to find a community use for the historic building, seeks grant funding to secure its scheme.
The B-listed building has been vacant for a number of years because of its deteriorating condition, lack of sufficient repair funds, and lack of tenants.
The Tillydrone Community Development Trust proposes turning the Wallace Tower into a community space which could host numerous activities and possibly provide exhibition space. The Trust's proposal relies on the group achieving the relevant funding.
Sub-committee members voted in favour of negotiating lease terms with the Trust, if it secures funding to implement its proposals for the building in the next 12 months, and noted their disappointment that the Tillydrone Community Development Trust's £300,000 bid to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Investment Team had failed.
They also voted in favour of recommending that the Council's Finance and Policy Convener write to the Scottish Parliament's Local Government and Regeneration Convener about the proposed project.
Sub-commitee convener Yvonne Allan said: "The Tillydrone Community Development Trust is made up of a very dedicated group of people who have worked extremely hard to secure the future of the Wallace Tower with a view to using it as a community facility and driving the regeneration of their area.
"It's very disappointing that their bid to the Scottish Government's Regeneration Investment Team was not successful. Their proposal has real merit and I wish them success in securing funding to take this valuable project forward."
If the Trust is unsuccessful in confirming the necessary grant funding, the building is to be put back on the market for lease.