When will Chesterfield Hotel be razed?
The demolition of the Chesterfield Hotel building will take place later this year.
According to Chesterfield Borough Council, work is currently taking place to clear and strip out the inside of the prominent property.
A council spokesperson said they should be able to provide a ‘bigger update on external works in a couple of months’.
Chesterfield Hotel opened in 1877 and closed in 2015.
It has lain empty for much of the last six years – with many describing the building as an ‘eyesore’.
The council acquired the Malkin Street site last year.
After the building has been razed, a temporary car park is expected to be created in its place while proposals for the site’s future are developed as part of the council’s HS2 Station Master Plan.
Councillors last year approved an outline planning application to build offices and a car park with around 40 spaces at the location.
Councillor Tricia Gilby, council leader, said last year: “Chesterfield Hotel was a significant building and a venue which has served the town well over the years.
“Sadly, the costs to remodel and refurbish the building to bring it back into productive use are too high, and it is deemed an unviable option as compared with redevelopment of the site."
Abraham Bejerano, who owned Chesterfield Hotel for five years in the 1980s, spoke to the Derbyshire Times last month.
Asked how he felt about it soon being no more, 73-year-old Mr Bejerano said: “So very sad.
“In my personal opinion, if it’s going to become offices, it’s a shame they can’t keep the building and convert it.
“I have many wonderful memories of that place.”