Apartments plan for old hotel

new plans for the former Station Hotel in Kirkcaldy
new plans for the former Station Hotel in Kirkcaldy

NEW plans for the re-development of the former Station Hotel in Kirkcaldy have been revealed.

Owner Robert Kilgour wants to turn the boarded-up landmark into flats for tghe over-55s.

It’s the latest attempt to breathe new life into the former Station Hotel which then became a nursing home before closing its doors.

His company, Dow Investments is set to submit the application to Fife Council within the next few days.

The proposal will see 38 apartments created with 40 car parking spaces and all are aimed at those aged 55 and upwards for ‘retired apartment living’.

The development will involve some demolition at the side closest to Adam Smith Theatre and also more at the back.

It wil also create two buildings - one a conversion of the existing building into 16 apartments and one new building of 22 apartments.

The proposals follow previous planning applications to bring the old hotel back into use.

Dow Investments’ original vision to build a 12-storey glass tower met with resistance from residents.

The company has also unveiled architect’s plans to tuern it into a cinema, and approached the nearby Adam Smith College with a view to them taking it as student accommodation.

But Mr Kilgour hopes the new proposal will be more acceptable - and, he says, that this time, he won’t be heavily involved in the creation of the development.

He said: “We will be submitting a planning application within the next few days to keeping most of the building.

’’We will keepg the facade at the front, but we will demolish and rebuild at the back and the side.

“When I looked at developing it as a cinema, one comment was if the front facade of the Station Hotel could be kept and the cinema built inside, it could be acceptable.

“I have abandoned the cinema plan as planners were going to refuse it because of the Mercat deal which also featured a cinema - there wasn’t room for twoin the town.

“But I have taken on board the comments about the facade and that’s why we are keeping it in the latest proposals.”

He continued: “I plan to hopefully obtain planning permission and then hand it over to a specialist developer. but it may take some time for the scheme to be finished, given the current economic climate.

“The Station Hotel is the ideal site for these apartments. It is right in the heart of the town and very handy for shopping, the museum and art gallery and the railway station.”

He added: “I have met with Council planners about these proposals and they have been very keen and supportive.”