The site of the Thrunscoe adult education centre, off Highgate, has been earmarked for redevelopment - possibly as soon as next year.
It emerged this week that the council is poised to relocate all its community learning services to premises at 146 Freeman Street , Grimsby, as part of ongoing regeneration initiatives for the East Marsh ward.
Once the Thrunscoe buildings have been vacated, they will either be converted or, more likely, demolished so that the site can be redeveloped.
With its proximity both the shops in St Peter's Avenue and Sea View Street, this is a prime location in Cleethorpes' Croft Baker ward.
It is likely to appeal both to high-reputation local housebuilders such as Cyden Homes, Carr & Carr, Keigar Homes or Snape Properties which, two years ago, completed the attractive Pine Walk residential development on an adjacent plot which had previously been occupied by a nursery school with an extensive garden.
It could also appeal to deep-pocketed national companies such as Barratt plc, Bovis plc Persimmon plc and Linden Homes, part of Galliford-Try plc.
It is also possible that, rather than selling the site, the council might opt for retention and redeveloping the land under its own steam, with low-cost or rent-only houses.
Earlier this year it set up its own subsidiary, Develop NEL, with just this sort of scheme in mind.
Any development scheme is likely to cause disruption during construction works to residents both in the Highgate area and in the streets, such as Lindsey Road and Parker Street, at the back of the education centre.
There will also be inconvenience to staff and students working at Thrunscoe. They now face relocation.
A spokesperson for NELC said: "Relocation from Thrunscoe will generate a potential benefit for the council.
"If the site is disposed of this it will generate a receipt which will allow other capital works to be undertaken."
The project is being overseen by NELC's capital and assets programme manager, Wendy Fisher, and David Brierley who is development and regeneration technical advisor to NELC's private-sector partner, Engie.
|Some parts of the site are attractive and worth retaining - just look at those magnificent windows|
|An imaginative architectural firm such as Cleethorpes-based Mark Hodson could probably come up with an attractively-landscaped scheme that would retain the more pleasing aspects of the site|
|When Snape Properties redeveloped the neighbouring plot, the new homes sold quickly|
|Popular estate - Pine Walk, off Highgate|
|Another part of the Pine Walk development|
|The former Thrunscoe nursery which was cleared to make way for the Pine Walk scheme|
|The leafy grounds of the former nursery|