Only two years since the £5m South Leeds Youth Hub was opened, Leeds City Council is asking not-for-profit firms to lease the underused building.
The hub, which sits on the site of the former Merlyn Rees High School, in Belle Isle, was initially built using funds from MyPlace – a Government scheme run by the Big Lottery Fund.
Despite its modern facilities, the building is not being used to its full potential so the council will host a briefing session for local organisations wishing to take out a lease on the property on September 27.
The facility, which reportedly costs around £400,000 a year to run, is currently “highly subsidised” by the council.
Coun Judith Blake, the council’s lead member for children’s services, said that it was always the local authority’s intention that the hub would become a community-run facility.
She said: “Transferring the hub to a community organisation would help maximise its existing excellent facilities and help even more children and young people from across the city benefit from what the hub has to offer.”
Any proposal to take the reins at South Leeds Youth Hub, which contains leisure and educational facilities such as a music studio, hair salon, mechanic’s garage and sports area, would have to aim for financial self sufficiency within four years.
The lease would be offered on a full repair and maintenance basis for at least 18 years, while the leaseholder must offer a range of low cost activities for young people, sticking to the terms of the MyPlace grant.
Coun Blake said: “The centre already provides a high quality venue for a range of activities for young people.”
She added increasing numbers have been using the building, while around 700 young people attend regularly at present.
The briefing session for interested organisations will take place at the hub on September 27 from 3.30pm to 5pm.
To book a place, or for more information, call 0113 3367779.