EFFORTS to breathe new life into a large empty commercial building in south west Greenock have taken major steps forward.
The former Overdraft bar/Melrose Lounge at Barr’s Cottage, was bought in 2019 by M&R Properties and has been undergoing extensive renovation works.
The top floor of the premises on the corner of Old Inverkip Road and Inverkip Road has been let to local martial arts group Inverclyde Cho’s Taw Kwon Do.
The first floor is being is being converted to an open-plan format, capable of sub-division into three offices.
As reported previously, a change-of-use application has been made to turn part of the ground floor into a hot food takeaway and cafe.
One other additional unit is available on the ground floor with a dedicated entrance. Gourock-based commercial property company Bowman Rebecchi, who have been appointed to support the marketing of the site, say that space would be ideal for fitness operators.
Andrew Bowman, director of Bowman Rebecchi, said: “This has been a fantastic renovation project, which has seen a once tired and long-term vacant property completely renovated.
“M&R Properties are to be congratulated on undertaking this colossal task at considerable cost with the results set to be highly impressive and secure the long-term future of the building.
“Bowman Rebecchi has already spoken with several interested parties for the different uses, with the second floor already secured, and expect the renovations to be complete in the next four to six weeks.
“This building benefits from the launch of a 360-degree virtual walk-through tour which is another vital service that Bowman Rebecchi can now offer its clients.”