One of York’s smallest streets could be about to get one of the city’s smallest hotels.
Developers have unveiled plans to restore and redevelop a former sandwich shop, turning it into a “boutique hotel” with just five suites.
The plans are for the Krusties unit in Patrick Pool, between Church Street and the Market.
YorkMix reported in February that the popular sandwich shop would not be reopening after the pandemic.
Owner Camelia Andrei said at the time that it had become financially unviable, as they were not eligible for most of the Government support funds, and Just Eat commission rates were too high for them to continue.
The new plans would see two suites created on the ground floor, two more on the first floor, and a family suite on the second floor. The upper floors have been used only for storage in recent years.
A planning application has been submitted to City of York Council.
Change to the window
Works will be carried out inside to restore parts of the building and to make all rooms en suite, and the distinctive bow window at the front would be replaced with a box sash window.
The current one is thought to have been added during a refurbishment around 1980. A cover will also be built over the rear courtyard.
Selby consultancy firm Humble Heritage carried out a heritage review on behalf of the applicant Vincent Roberts Property Developers, and said the proposals would benefit the city centre.
In a statement, the firm said: “The building is currently vacant and the upper floors have been vacant for some time.
“The proposed hotel use will regenerate the building and provide a secure future for it that will contribute to the local economy.”
The firm said all the changes were reversible and mostly beneficial, and the only elements of “negligible” harm were for essential requirements, such as installing en-suites.
The statement said: “The site is capable of change and indeed has been much changed in recent times.
“The proposals have been carefully designed to respond to the heritage significance of the site, preserve and celebrate its historic character and recreate this where lost through modern change. It also preserves the character and appearance of the conservation area.”
It said the significant investment in the building would “generate important public benefits at a time when city centres are suffering due to the effects of the Covid pandemic and structural changes in shopping and living patterns.”
The planning application paperwork can be viewed on the city council website.