A vision for an iconic building in the centre of Preston has been unveiled.
The leader of a veterans’ charity wants to take over the former Post Office building from Preston Council, and use it as a charity hub and city-centre apartments.
Steve Pearson, of Our Local Heroes Foundation, also wants to use the building as a home to start-up businesses, and a drop-in centre for unemployed people, run by veterans.
Ex-army officer Steve said: “On the ground floor we are looking to have a series of small units which are going to be charity shop hubs, so charity shops around the Preston area can centralise and have a small unit.
“We are also looking to have some start up business incubator units.
“We are hoping to have a drop-in centre for unemployed people to come and get help with CV writing and job applications.
“What we are looking to do is train veterans up to do that work, so it will provide veterans with a job and also help those who are unemployed to look for work and write CVs.
“We are also going to be looking to convert some of what would have been the rooms in there into town centre apartments. I think if we provide this employment, create these businesses, then not only does it sustain the veterans with jobs but the profits of those businesses come back into the charity to create more business initiatives and more employment.”
He said veterans and unemployed people would help to refurbish the building, which he hopes to take over from the council.
Preston Council’s deputy leader Coun John Swindells said: “There has been lots of interest and lots of great ideas but it’s somebody coming up with the money to do it.
“We would love to see the building back in use but it’s going to take a considerable amount of money.”