Old Kingswinford police station on the market
A landmark former police station has been put up for sale.
Kingswinford’s old police station, which closed this summer, has been put on the market.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is seeking at least £450,000 for the site.
He has appointed Birmingham independent commercial property agency KWB to market the site, which sits on a prominent position off the A491 Moss Grove.
West Midlands Police last year confirmed 13 police stations in the Black Country were closing as part of £8.6 million cuts.
The former station in Kingswinford is being marketed as a potential family home or as a potential to redevelop the site for residential use.
Kingswinford North and Wall Heath ward councillor Dave Tyler, who once worked at the building as a young police officer, said he hopes it can be brought back to life.
Councillor Tyler told the Express & Star: “I had some happy times there as a young officer. But times move on and efficiencies within the police service have meant that certain properties have had to fall by the wayside.
“I just hope it has a good life with whoever takes it over in the future.
“I do really hope whatever happens to it, it enhances the quality of Kingswinford town centre.”
KWB’s Martin Cook is marketing the freehold of the detached former police station building, with two semi-detached former police houses, garages and a portable building, totalling 4,000 sq ft.
The old police station site is close to the junction with the A4101 High Street.
Any buyers will require planning permission if they are looking to change the use of the building.
Mr Cook said he expected there to be plenty of interest in the site.
He said: “This is the third police station we have brought to the market in 2017 on behalf of West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, with the previous disposals gathering a high level of interest.
“This property in particular has great potential for redevelopment for residential use, subject to planning permission.
“We are seeking offers of over £450,000.”
When Mr Jamieson announced the closure of the station last year, he said: “There has been much comment in the previous few days about this issue.
“I would like to point out that these proposals have been made following the disproportionate cuts that West Midlands Police has faced and the overriding view that officers, not buildings, keep people safe.”