The former youth advice centre premises at 29 Castlegate are set to be sold to the York Conservation Trust for over £431,000.
That issue now seems to have been resolved leaving the building – which is adjacent to Fairfax House – empty.
The York Civic Trust intend to expand their Fairfax House operations into the building
A council report says that the open market valuation of the property is £575,000 but the discount can be justified by the new use for the building which will stimulate tourism and education visits to the City and its nearby attractions.
The new owners face bills of around £40,000 for repairs and redecoration of the property over the next 5 years.
It is expected that around £2.8 million will be invested in Fairfax House and the adjacent building. The work will include providing full disabled access facilities.
This seems to be a satisfactory solution to an issue which was surrounded in secrecy when considered by the last Council administration.