Manchester City Council have completed the acquisition of Wythenshawe town center from St. Modwen marking the beginning of a major regeneration program for the site.
The aim of the redevelopment work will be to create a large new focal point for the local community in a new civic square that celebrates Wythenshawe’s roots as a garden city, developing open areas for planting, trees and boulevard-style public realm.
The ambitious vision includes a new cultural hub, food hall and workspace – as well as helping to fund decarbonisation investment in the existing building, while creating hundreds of new jobs.
Thousands of new homes will also be built, including a significant number of affordable homes, on nearby Council-owned brownfield land.
The City Council will undertake a consultation with local people and businesses in the autumn to share proposals and get invaluable feedback from the communities who use the center every day.
A £20m Leveling Up bid was submitted to Government in August that would jumpstart the transformation and help realize the long-term vision for Wythenshawe Town Centre.
Progress in the town center is already evident with a new Lidl supermarket proposed for the former Gala Bingo site and the launch of a new monthly Grub street food market.
The long lease for the town center will now transfer from St. Modwen to the City Council and the town center will be managed by Savills.
Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development, said:“It’s encouraging to see the plans for Wythenshawe town center move on at pace. We know it’s the heart of the local community and our ambition is to transform the center and realize its massive potential for our residents who rely on it daily.
“Central to the proposals will be to create a new green, attractive public square and invest in things that will make the town center an exciting place to visit, shop and access services – and will create hundreds of new jobs.
“We will begin consultation with local residents and businesses soon about our proposals – including thousands of new homes – and we hope as many people as possible will take part. Your views will be invaluable and we’re looking forward to sharing more details soon.”