The first repairs project under the Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) got underway this week in the High Street.
The important milestone has been welcomed by project officer Colin Gilmour.
He said: “The aim of the scheme is to ensure that issues with the built heritage of the town centre are addressed, and where possible enhanced, to make Selkirk an even more attractive location for both the local community and visitors.
“This first grant has been awarded to an important property in the town centre which has been left vacant and in poor condition for many years.
“The Selkirk CARS funding will help the building to be repaired in an appropriate manner and remove a blight within the town.”
The works, which are linked to internal work by the owner which aims to bring 59 High Street back in to use, will see wall, roof and chimney repairs carried out using traditional materials and techniques.
Lawrence Robertson, chair of the Selkirk CARS steering group and director of the Selkirk Regeneration Company, added: “Souters can be proud of the hard work that is going on to restore Selkirk’s fine heritage of buildings.”
Funding of up to £15,000 is available for eligible repairs in the town centre.