Demolition work is due to begin on the derelict Bervie Chipper in Stonehaven next week.
The building has been empty since it was gutted by fire in 2009, but earlier this year Aberdeen-based developers West Coast Estates were given planning permission to build seven two-bedroom flats on the site.
The developers have now confirmed that work will start to demolish the existing building on Monday (September 26). The site in its current state has long been described as an “eyesore” by locals. Speaking at the recent meeting of Stonehaven and District Community Council, chair Phil Mills-Bishop said: “The developers have apologised for the eyesore, and have said a frontage will be put up while work is carried out.”
The proposals involve the development of seven flats, with parking spaces at the front. There would be a communal staircase with two flats on each of the first three floors with a single two bed flat on the fourth. A shared garden will also be available for all home owners at the rear of the building.