Former art deco tram stop in Western Boulevard, Leicester, to become cafe
It was installed to serve a tramline that was never built.
But nearly 80 years on, a passenger shelter could be bought into use for the first time – as a coffee bar.
The art deco structure in Western Boulevard, Leicester, was donated to the city in 1934 by hosiery magnate Robert Rowley.
It was one of five the businessman had built for tram passengers.
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However, unlike the others, it was not used, as the line along the bank of the River Soar was not built.
Coffee supplier Marco Sala, who runs L'espresso, in Leicester, has applied for permission to turn the shelter into a kiosk to sell coffee to passers-by.
Mr Sala, a former publican who opened Leicester's first Costa Coffee shop near The Clock Tower, said he hoped to lease the stop from the city council.
He said: "It's a bit of an odd case because it's a tram shelter that never had a tram stop there because the route did not follow.
"I have often driven past it on a sunny Sunday morning and thought how nice it looked and what a shame it was that it wasn't being used for anything.
"It reminded me of European scenes with couples strolling arm in arm along the riverside and stopping for a coffee.
"It took a little while to establish who owned it but the city council seems to like the idea. I am surprised nobody has done it before.
"One of the sad things is that it attracts a bit of graffiti because it's unused.
"If I had it I would look after it. It would also get me back into retail, which is something I have been itching to do for a while.
"I hope it will be a success.
"At first I thought my customers would be mainly students because there are a lot of flats going up in the area and then there's the new (De Montfort University) sports centre nearby.
"Then I realised there are a lot of office workers in that area, too."
Mr Sala said it would take only minor alterations to the structure, such as adding shutters and replacing the windows that were smashed long ago by vandals.
Officers at Leicester City Council are considering a planning application from Mr Sala.
Conservation officers have indicated they approved of the idea, which, they said, would see the authority make money on a disused property.
Jenny Timothy, the council's senior building conservation officer, said: "We always welcome innovative uses for historic buildings."