Youth organization Recharge can look forward to a new home

An AMBITIOUS offer to see new life breathed into an important downtown building has been given the green light.

The old co-op building at the junction of Tranent’s High Street, Church Street and Winton Place will house a bistro / bar, community hall and 20 apartments.

The youth organization Recharge, which has worked with young people in the city for more than 15 years, will also set up.

Before construction begins, the group will temporarily move to the former Premier Store across the High Street.

Youth organization Recharge has received good news after the approval of a building transformation project in downtown Tranent. Image: Google Maps

Alan Bell, director of Recharge, said there are exciting times ahead as the group prepares to host outdoor events as the weather improves.

He said: “This is fantastic news.

“It really gave us something to build on and we can start preparing for the new base. ”

No objections were made to the plans, which follow in George Thomson’s footsteps by transforming another section of the building.

It bought the old Co-op building over five years ago and one section already houses the town’s post office and a cafe.

Plans for the rest of the building show four one-bedroom apartments, as well as the bistro / bar and community hall, on the ground floor.

Recharge would find a house on the first floor, with four other one-bedroom apartments and four two-bedroom properties on that level as well.

Finally, there would be eight apartments – three one-bedroom and five two-bedroom – on the second floor, with the Hillcrest Housing Association taking charge of social housing.

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Previous proposals showed that there would be two shops and a soft play area on the site.

However, representatives for Mr Thomson stressed that the coronavirus pandemic “and the resulting uncertainty” had caused a change of plan.

Councilor Colin McGinn, who represents the city on East Lothian Council, is a member of the Recharge board.

He was happy to see new life breathe new life into this iconic building.

He said: “George and Susan Thomson have been so supportive of Recharge from the start and since we are going to have a whole new area in the new building, I am delighted with the whole building, but Recharge is close to my heart. .

“It will be there for a very long time and will serve many young people in Tranent and the surrounding villages for a long time.”