60 jobs planned at new care centre as old Crosby Hotel in Scunthorpe faces demolition
Replacing the Crosby Hotel - a prominent old building in the centre of Scunthorpe - with a brand new care centre is aiming to create more than 60 jobs.
Once one of the best-known hostelries in Scunthorpe, the now disused Crosby, on Normanby Road, is facing demolition.
The aim is to replace it with a 56-bedroom specialist care and dementia facility and a block of six flats for intermediate care.
A planning application has now been lodged by Majara Care Homes, of Scunthorpe.
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North Lincolnshire Council is being asked to grant permission for the scheme.
The Crosby Hotel - built around 1910 - is close to the town centre and described as a large, imposing building in a highly visible location.
A statement supporting the application from consultants for Majara says: "The building was, until recently, used as a public house, but has now unfortunately
closed once again, and has unsuccessfully tried to reopen several times under different landlords and breweries.
"The building now remains unoccupied, and is increasingly unlikely to be suitable for its previous uses again.
"The existing building has come to the end of its useful life and it is important in visual and economic terms that a new, appropriate use is found for the site."
The consultants suggest this is a good location for a specialist care and dementia home.
They say: "Providing care facilities in a town of around 75,000 people enables residents who have lived within the urban area their whole lives, to remain close to friends and
family and familiar surroundings, when they require residential care."
The proposed development includes accommodation, care facilities, public services, consultation/doctor services, extensive landscaped gardens, catering facilities,
servicing, off-road parking and access, and extensive lounge areas.
The main building is also intended to provide a drop-in centre, with facilities available for use by the general public, including a hairdressers' shop and café/bar.
The firm estimates 60-plus local employment opportunities will result directly from the development.
These include full and part-time care staff, administrators, cleaners and caterers.
Other work and business will also be generated for local construction contractors and sub-contractors, window cleaners, maintenance people and laundry services.
North Lincolnshire Council is welcoming comments from the public about this application until November 30.