Plans for the Grimsby Kasbah to emerge as a thriving cultural, commercial and corporate district are one more step after a lease was made for a front door regeneration project.
The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust charity has now registered at The Peterson’s Smokehouse on Henderson Street, in an adjacent building on Wharncliffe Road.
He has worked with Associated British Ports, as well as the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, with grants worth over £ 1 million already secured to restore the historic building.
And with a 99-year lease in place, the trust now looks forward to attracting businesses with work to start soon.
Vicky Hartung, President, said: “Everyone is working together to bring about the regeneration of the Kasbah, and Trust is proud to have played a role. We are grateful for the generous lease offered to us by ABP knowing that this would put the charity on a stronger footing. GGIFT will regularly derive income from these buildings, which will take the strain off us as an organization, so that we will be able to direct our resources towards supporting the regeneration of this historic district.
“The next step is to start the construction work that will take us until the fall of 2022, by renovating the buildings before renting them.”
Plans include the restoration of the traditional Grade II listed smokehouse, consideration of exhibits, learning resources, a café and offices.
GGIFT has also received funding to develop a new website – thekasbah.co.uk – scheduled to launch in June.
Dafydd Williams, Policy, Communications and Economic Development Manager at ABP Humber, said: “The Peterson Project is a very exciting addition to the Port of Grimsby regeneration portfolio. The Kasbah area of port travel is in a new chapter preparing to welcome new business to the port, alongside the thriving renewable energy and automotive sectors.
The commercial property team at Grimsby-based law firm Wilkin Chapman secured the lease for the regeneration and renovation, while working on finance and renovation documents.
Partner Andrew Harbourne said: “Vicky Hartung and the GGIFT Trustee Team have worked tirelessly for years to get to this step and can now take the next step. It has been a pleasure to be part of this regeneration project which will bring so many opportunities for the future to this historic district of Grimsby.
“Imagination and investment are the key to the success of this project and we are confident the region will prosper because Vicky and the team have great ideas.”
Lawyer Gillian Smith added: “The Kasbah area has been an important part of the history of the Port of Grimsby and has an exciting place in the future, so we look forward to seeing the vision come to fruition as many energy and passion were injected into it. in this project so far.