Work has started on returning part of Dewsbury to its former glory.
Kirklees Council is paying up to £150,000 towards a facelift for a building in Corporation Street, which homes a Simply Mobile shop and a new cafe, Sweet and Salted.
Other businesses in the Dewsbury Town Centre Conservation area are invite to contact the council for cash help.
Kirklees was awarded £2m in funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. That money and a further £1.7m from the council is being used to fund regeneration until 2019.
The area includes Pioneer House, Northgate House and the Northgate Block, a group of properties between Queensway Arcade, Northgate and Foundry Street.
The work on Corporation Street will include replacing the existing modern shop fronts with some that are in a more traditional style. The changes also involve replacing the roof, refurbishing the windows and reinstating the awnings on Foundry Street.
All external decoration including stained glass, stonework, gutters and downpipes will either be repaired or replaced.
The work will be carried out by builders Roebuck & Holmes and local Architect’s DK Architecture, and is due to be completed by the end of September.
Clr Peter McBride , Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The work will not only bring these beautiful old buildings back to their former glory, but will also make Dewsbury town centre as a whole more attractive to new businesses.
“New business leads to a better local economy and ensures that Dewsbury is a great place to live, work and visit.”
The grant is the second of the scheme, with a third for Northgate House also in the pipeline. This is scheduled to start soon as well.
In addition to the grants, the former Principal’s pub on Northgate has received a temporary facelift thanks to new artwork. The Art Boards give the appearance of a lively mock shop front on the boarded-up vacant property, which is currently to let.