Is there a vacant but structurally sound industrial building that has distressed a village or neighborhood in your community for a generation or more? Or one where the owner is struggling to keep the roof patched and the lights on? Or are you on the fence about clearing or rehabilitating a former industrial site? Chances are that in Connecticut, the crucible of America’s industrial revolution, these places are historic and there are more options than you think.
Distressed mills are often a major contributing factor to urban blight. However because of their locations, frequently in town centers and along transportation hubs, these properties can also be opportunities for revitalization of neighborhoods and local economies.
The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s Making Places initiative focuses on the place-making opportunities present in the historic places where things were once made. We’ve compiled case studies of successful projects within the state and region which either extended or adapted the use of these buildings and assembled them in Got Mill?, an illustrated presentation.
Got Mill? is available for preview or download by clicking the image above, or for presentation by Making Places staff in your community. Community presentations can be tailored in length to a meeting’s schedule.
Want to find out how other communities are developing conversions to residential, commercial, retail, educational, and manufacturing? Contact Renée Tribert, Project Manager, Making Places firstname.lastname@example.org 203-562-6312 for more information or to schedule a presentation.
Making Places is made possible by funding from the Community Investment Act and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development.