Dudley office-block Cavendish House is a “monument to stagnation and it needs to go,” the West Midlands Mayor declared as a deal to have it knocked down was agreed.
Andy Street has stepped in to provide £700,000 to break the deadlock over the derelict building overlooking Duncan Edwards Way in Dudley.
The demolition of the vandalised former Inland Revenue offices will pave the way for the £82 million Portersfield retail, leisure and retail and residential development.
West Midlands Combined Authority, headed by Mr Street, has stepped in to ensure the demolition goes ahead. Approval was granted last year but it is believed a wrangle involving the developer has held things up.
The mayor said: “Dudley Council has been determined to do this. At the combined authority we have worked with them and the developers to bring this to fruition and we do now have an agreement in place to do that demolition.
“Cavendish House is a monument to stagnation and it needs to go. It then paves the way for the redevelopment of the town centre, which is stimulated by the redevelopment of the bus station and the Metro…