3:12pm Friday 16th August 2013
THE renovation of a deceptively small building dating back more than 150 years has taken big strides forward.
A basement office complex is now complete and there are plans for five flats at 42 High Street in Stockton which is being revamped through a £430,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stockton Borough Council.
Now used as a travel agent, it has previously traded to a bookseller, printer, stationer, ironmonger, watchmakers, boot and shoe maker and, until 1985, was a wine merchants for nearly 100 years.
It also houses a large warehouse across an internal courtyard which opens onto Green Dragon Yard.
Stockton’s Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “42 High Street is an important part of Stockton Town Centre’s heritage that contributes to the look and feel of the Town Centre and Green Dragon Yard.
“Importantly, it will also deliver five high quality affordable flats for immediate residential occupation, supporting the Council’s efforts to bring more housing to the town centre and increase activity and vitality in the area."
The funding has been made available as part of a programme to refurbish under-used or empty historic buildings in Stockton Town Centre.
For rental opportunities at 42 Stockton High Street call 01642-677752 or for more information about grants to repair historic buildings in the town centre call 01642-526991 or e-mail email@example.com .
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