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Bids taken to transform derelict area of Edinburgh

Car Hire Edinburgh Airport staff agree the area in question needs to be developed to help with the general look around the castle location. 

Bids have been lodged by various developers of more than £5 million, wanting to transform an area of derelict council offices located near to Edinburgh Castle.

The former offices and storage premises in King’s Stables Road have been subject to several bids to convert the property into student housing or a hotel development. But at least one potential buyer is championing a community vision to convert the properties into an arts hub boasting galleries, performances spaces and boutique shops.

The concept of creating a culture quarter with the buildings has been mooted for several years by residents who argue that a new arts-orientated landmark would tie comfortably with nearby venues such as the Usher Hall, Traverse Theatre and Edinburgh College of Art.

Traders have previously voiced complaints about the poor condition of King’s Stables Road, which they claim restricts its potential as a major thoroughfare between Lothian Road and Grassmarket. Persistent issues with littering and dog fouling on the street have reduced footfall through the area, harming business for shops on the west end of the Grassmarket.

Traders also blame the condition of the council-owned former roads services building, saying the eyesore discourages tourists from using the street. In May, it was revealed that scaffolding had been in place for more than five years to stop falling masonry from injuring passers-by.