Old mill now a “Great Places” Winner
Once the largest employer in the county, the old Burlington mill in Mooresville is again in the local economic picture. Thanks to a years-long renovation, the now-named Merino Mill has made the successful transition to a corporate office, retail, and wholesale center. The project is being recognized by the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association as a 2017 Great Places award winner in the “Great Transformations” category.
Allison Williams reports online in developCLT.com that the place has come a VERY long way in just a few years:
When Michael Bay bought the mill in 2010, the floors were rotting and there were holes in the roof. Now, the complex is home to Greenworks Tools’ headquarters, along with retailers and restaurants such as Merinos Home Furnishings and Alino Pizzeria. A 1.6-megawatt solar array on the roof provides renewable energy credits to UNC Charlotte, which leases 24,000 square feet of space there for solar technology research.
“They did a great job in figuring out how to successfully reuse something that is iconic and really big, and make it successful,” Great Places judge Ben Hitchings said in a statement.
We love to see old buildings get a new lease on life. At Stone Building Services, we’ve had the opportunity to maintain and repair surfaces in historic locations all over the Southeast, and consider it part of our commitment to community preservation.
Congratulations again to the Merino Mill and developers. We’re looking forward to seeing this space fire up local traffic.