BREAKING NEWS: Assembly rooms go up for sale

THE HISTORIC Assembly Rooms in the centre of Boston have been put up for sale.

Brown & Co have been instructed by Boston Borough Council to market the prominent three storey building for £445,000.

The sale includes the shops and toilets on the ground floor and public rooms on the first floor but not the existing businesses on the ground floor, which will continue to trade.

The Grade II* listed building has stood on Fish Hill for 190 years and was originally built for dancing and entertainment.

The public rooms include two open halls referred to as the Breakfast Room and Ballroom and a licensed bar.

In recent years the council has acted as commercial landlord for the shops and took bookings for the public rooms.

Councilor Mike Gilbert, Boston Borough Council’s portfolio holder for housing, property and

community, said: “The Assembly Rooms have great potential for versatility which could meet a number of new

diverse uses.

“Naturally, changes of use will be subject to planning rules, but we have ruled nothing out in advance of suggestions for the Assembly Rooms’ future use.

“Our paramount ambition is that this iconic building, dominant in the centre of Boston, is conserved, maintained

and put to constructive use, while at the same time returning value for money for the council taxpayers of the borough.”

Tim Humphrey of Brown & Co said: “We expect the Assembly Rooms to be attractive to local, regional and national buyers.

“With a current income in the region of £48,400 the let retail units provide an appealing investment to

potential purchasers, whilst there is also scope for a number of possibilities on the first floor.

“By exposing the Assembly Rooms to the market Brown & Co will be able to provide a transparent

marketing campaign.

“It is anticipated this will result in a number of interested parties who will be able to meet the aims of safeguarding the legacy of the Assembly Rooms for the future, albeit in different ownership.”