The future of an historic Lincolnshire landmark is one step closer after developers finally expressed an interest in regenerating the buildings.
The 100-year-old Bass Maltings in Sleaford stopped being used in 1960 after which the now-empty buildings were used to house chickens.
A public consultation found the buildings were suitable for restoration but developers did not come forward.
Now the Gladedale Group have said they will take on the project.
"We are used to working on buildings on the scale of the Maltings and you don't look at what it is now but what it could become," said Gladedale's group land and planning director Ross Brodie.
"The idea is to follow on from what has already been done and the site will need a full mix of uses including employment, residential and retail."
He added it would take between three and six months to get to the stage of submitting formal plans but was optimistic about the project.
Councillor Pat Woodman, chairwoman of North Kesteven's Maltings project group, said finding a developer was a real step forward.
"We think it's a superb way of developing Sleaford and will perhaps bring larger retail stores to the area and could even sort out the traffic problems," she said.