Public opening of old Observer building in Hastings

The architect's impression of the proposals. Picture courtesy of Flint Development Group SUS-150828-103200001
The architect's impression of the proposals. Picture courtesy of Flint Development Group SUS-150828-103200001

The Observer building in Cambridge Road is hosting a public launch this weekend.

Dublin and Holland, a new social enterprise, is staging a number of meanwhile uses in the building prior to its proposed redevelopment.

From noon tomorrow (Saturday, August 29), there will be an indoor street food market, bar and cafe within the dining area, a dedicated children’s creative hub, an independent cinema, courtesy of the St Leonards Film Society, and an art exhibition celebrating works from artists across Hastings and beyond.

The evening public launch, which is for reserved guests, starts at 7pm and runs until 11pm.

Developers recently revealed plans to redevelop the old Observer building in the town centre.

Flint Development Group wants to provide accommodation for 288 students, an art-house cinema and a shop/restaurant for Sussex food and produce at the site in Cambridge Road, which closed more than 25 years ago.

An outline of the proposals have been published on a website for the public to view and give their comments.

The scheme includes adding a seven-storey addition on top of the existing building, which in itself will be completely renovated, developers said.

Neighbours and other interested parties are also being invited by the developers to attend a meeting at Holy Trinity Church in the town centre on Monday, September 7 from 6.30pm before the plans are submitted.

Some residents are not happy with the proposals.

Last month Bernard McGinley, of Magdalen Road, St Leonards, said: “Adding seven storeys to a high building will give the America Ground a skyscraper it does not need.”

He also said the building would be an ‘eyesore’.

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