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SBD Global/June 26, 2013/Facilities
Liverpool's Anfield Stadium, Surrounding Neighborhood To Undergo $400M Regeneration
Published June 26, 2013
COUNCIL PAVES WAY: In London, Ian Herbert reported Liverpool City Council revealed that it has left the club with no excuse for further delays, having now bought up all but eight of the 30 privately-owned houses needed to undertake a wholesale demolition and clear the way for the enlarged stadium which the club has said "is its preferred way of expanding capacity." The purchase "would pave the way for Liverpool to table plans for an expanded 60,000-capacity Anfield early next year -- possibly by February." The expansion, which would include the development of the Main Stand and Anfield Road Stand, could conceivably be completed by '16 (INDEPENDENT, 6/25).
LANDLORD SEEKS COMPENSATION: Also in London, David Conn reported the owner of two houses wanted for demolition by Liverpool to expand their Anfield stadium has said that "he will not sell without significant compensation for years of blight in the area." Graham Jones, who together with a business partner owns No63 and 65 Rockfield Road, behind the main stand, "accuses the club of deliberately running the area down" from the mid-'90s by buying up houses in the neighboring streets and leaving them empty. Jones and his partner believe they have lost £500,000 in rent since the area declined and they have struggled to find tenants for the houses, "which they have now allowed to fall derelict." Jones: "Anfield was your average working-class area until Liverpool began buying houses and leaving them empty because they wanted the streets knocked down. It was dereliction by design, and the council allowed it" (GUARDIAN, 6/24). Also in London, Ian Herbert wrote "forgive the residents of Anfield if they were not hanging on every word" of Liverpool Managing Dir Ian Ayre Monday night "when he added his voice to those of the council leaders who are seeking community engagement with what, on paper, is an imaginative, ambitious plan to revive the most dismal district on the Premier League landscape." That is because "they have been here before, hearing about the ambitions of successive Liverpool executives and owners to take them along on a magic carpet ride to regeneration" (INDEPENDENT, 6/25).