A new lease of life is on the horizon for a dilapidated Kirkcaldy landmark after it was sold for redevelopment.
Owner Robert Kilgour has sealed a deal with a property developer to work on the Station Hotel - and unveiled plans for luxury flats aimed predominantly at the downsize market.
Mr Kilgour has identified an Edinburgh developer to undertake the project.
It has already impressed him with its portfolio of work in the capital and in Kirkcaldy.
He said: “I am excited about handing it on to somebody who will take it forward and give the building a long term future.
“I have every confidence, having looked at the work that they have done in the past, that it will be a high quality development.”
The Kirkcaldy businessman hopes this will mark the end of years of trying to bring the building back into use.
The former hotel - once the hub of activity in the town - closed in the 1980s and became a nursing home for many years run by Mr Kilgour’s company Four Seasons.
He sold it in 1999 and bought it back in 2007 and has tried various plans to redevelop the site.
The new plan is considered to be a ‘design’ statement and landmark opportunity within the community by Kirkcaldy architects Davidson Baxter Partnership, and it will retain the old hotel’s signature period facade.
It marks the start of a possible new era for the building which has faced demolition on more than one occasion.
Convinced that the best solution for the building has been found, Mr Kilgour is just awaiting the final notice of completion on November 6.
He said: “I am excited to see what I know has been a bit of an eyesore for a number of years brought back to life.
“This is going to be a low density development.
“For old people like me, who have children who have flown the nest - the flats will offer high ceilings and large rooms.
“A lot of new flats have ceilings which are too low for furniture and the rooms are too small for people who are moving from bigger houses to a smaller property.
“Being close to the railway and centre of town and across from the museum this is a development perfectly tailored to the downsizing market.”
Mr Kilgour says he is keen to see the development get underway but commented that although keeping a keen personal eye on the project development he would not be going down that road again by purchasing one of the newly redeveloped units!
Although he did reveal that some notes of interest had already been registered with Your Move estate agents in Kirkcaldy, showing early signs of approval from the town.