Three properties which have lain empty for years could soon have a new owner (writes Shona Beaton).
Commercial property company Ryden has received an acceptable offer for the former West and St Columba’s Church, former Andover School and the Maisondieu Church from one purchaser which is now in the hands of solicitors.
Former West and St Columba’s Church, built in1856 has sat prominent at the corner of Panmure Street and Southesk Street since 1856.
However, having sat empty for the several years, during which time the church has been left to become neglected, it could soon see a new lease of life breathed into it along with two other empty Brechin properties.
As recently as January an enforcement order was placed on the former Brechin Baptist Church after officers from the development standards committee at Angus Council carried out an inspection of the premises, revealing that certain works of repair were urgently needed to preserve the A Listed building.
Work commenced on the building in March.
The last use of the building was a retail showroom and display area, although it has been closed and unused for several years.
Andy Boal, an agent for Ryden who are handling the property, said: “We have been marketing the property on the instructions of the Liquidators of Heather Capital Ltd (Ernst & Young) for approximately three months since May 2011.
“I believe that it may have been vacant for some considerable time prior to that, and that it may also have been on the market for sale through another firm at some time prior to our involvement.
“However, as far as timescales are concerned I am unsure exactly how long it has been vacant or how long it might have been available for sale through another agent.
“There has been some interest in the property, and in the other properties in Brechin that we are marketing for the same client, ie the former Andover School and the Maisondieu Church.
“Offers were invited for each property, not specific asking prices.
“I can tell you that we have received an acceptable offer from one purchaser for all three properties and that offer is now in the hands of solicitors.”
The former Maisondieu Church, a category B listed property on Witchden Road dates back to 1891 and has been closed an unused for approximately 15 years.
The property consists of a substantial church building with tower together with a church hall and annex at the rear of the building.
Category B listed building, the former Andover School on Nursery Lane dates back to 1859 and has been closed and unused since 1998.
The building comprises of a single story school and a two storey old headmasters house which are linked by a square entrance tower containing a clock and five arched belfry openings.