A £42,000 grant awarded to a local builder will be used to help bring a former landmark department store in Keith back to life.
The former Greigs Building on Reidhaven Square was bought by local builder Barry Fettes over a year ago with plans to turn the building into a bakery, two shops and eight homes.
These plans have now received a major boost after the Elgin and Keith Conservation Area Regeneration Schemes (CARS) agreed to provide the grant.
A spokesman for CARS – who provide training and funding for schemes that assist in the regeneration of historic buildings in Elgin and Keith – said the organisations was delighted to assist in what was one of their four priority projects.
He said: “We are hoping to help Mid Street back to life again and the Creigs building was one of our four main priorities. It was closed down over ten years ago and most people in the area will remember it as being a department store.”
Mr Fettes said that the support from CARS was one of his reasons for buying the building, adding that his regeneration plans would make a big difference to the top end of the town.