Work has started at a former Chester hotel where a notorious massage parlour used to be based.
Cromwell Court Hotel at 5 and 7 St Martin’s Way on the inner ring road was a renowned establishment at one time but has lain empty in recent years.
The premises hit the headlines in 2002 when a planning application for two massage parlours at number 5 was rejected following a public inquiry.
Now work has begun to convert number 7 into two town houses – one three-bed and the other four-bed.
Planning and listed building consent was gained in June 2014.
The regeneration project should tidy up a property that has been derelict in a prominent location for many years.
The Chronicle understands number 5 is under separate ownership but will also be renovated and turned into a town house in future.
New life was also breathed into a nearby scheme in Kings Mews, St Martin’s Way, back in 2011 with the renovation of four townhouses which had become an eyesore. Manchester-based House of Names Ltd rejuvenated the properties after a problem with a sewer was resolved.
The company bought the properties for £462,000 in March 2008 but they had remained boarded up and fenced off for three years.
Previous owners of the houses hit a major snag after Welsh Water discovered the properties had been built over a sewer without permission, causing a foul sewer to become blocked.