A weekly newspaper’s former office is set to be turned into a cocktail bar and apartments after being sold by Johnston Press.
The Whitby Gazette’s former harbourside offices were put up for sale in 2013 and staff from the paper moved out last November.
The asking price for the Grade II listed building was originally £395,000 but this was reduced to £325,000.
Work has now begun on transforming the building, pictured below, into a cocktail bar, a two-bedroomed flat and a three-bedroomed maisonette after planning permission was granted earlier this year.
Staff from the Gazette, which were based at the building for around 35 years, are now based at smaller premises in the town at St Hilda’s Business Centre.
Their former building was put up for sale by Johnston Press at around the same time as editor Jon Stokoe was made redundant in 2013, shortly after the paper posted a 2.1pc sales rise.
Jon tweeted: “Wonder when that great old Whitby Gazette building is open for cocktails.”
The planning application for the building was made by B& N Property in November and was granted permission in February.
The cocktail bar will be on the lower and ground floor, with the flat on the first floor and the maisonette on the second and attic floor.
A report by a planning officer, which recommended its approval, said: “The restoration and bringing back into use of these vacant premises should enhance the appearance of the area and add to vitality in this town centre location.”