Work to demolish a former academy is progressing.
Mearns Academy closed in 2014 and has remained empty since.
Aberdeenshire Council decided it would knock down the building last year.
After it has been demolished the local authority plans to sell off the land.
Mike Robson, of Laurencekirk Development Trust, said it is hoped the land will be sold for commercial development.
He said: “It is to be put on the open market and the inclination would be that people want to see the council support a commercial development.
“It is really something that is lacking for Laurencekirk.
“But they might sell it to the highest bidder – there is some concern it could be another housing developer.”
Mr Robson said a survey had previously been carried out on the site to assess its future use.
He said: “An external assessment was carried out by Halliday Fraser Munro and recommended that it was used for commercial development – let’s hope they do that.”
A council spokeswoman said: “The contractors commenced on site in the middle of April and the demolition works are expected to be completed by the end of May.
“At present all of the single storey buildings have been demolished.
“Over the next three weeks the two-storey section of the building will be demolished together with the dining hall, gym hall and the Portakabins.”
The trust wanted to retain the building as a community asset and previously submitted a business case for the site. But the plans were knocked back by councillors.
Last year the site became a target for vandals and thieves. A call was made for demolition work to begin as quickly as possible.
A new £23 million community campus opened in 2014, replacing the school.
Plans for the school were approved in 2012 and it has a capacity for 840 pupils.