|Update on Baltic CT, Co-Housing Site||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: BARANSKI (BARANSKIVEAMF1.NL.NUWC.NAVY.MIL)|
|Date: Fri, 12 Nov 93 13:08 CST|
Just to let anyone who's curious... The Great Mill in Baltic CT is a 240,000 sf five story granite cotton mill built around 1900, which is up for sale for back taxes of $96,000. This includes 20+ acres of land along the Shatucket River across from the rural village of Baltic. The Mill was up for a tax auction in October, and no one bid on it. I saw an article in the paper, and decided to go look at it as a potential co-housing site. To make a long story short, it's a beautifull site, with *tons* of space, adequate land (although it's strung out along to river instead of in one clump). There was another tax auction scheduled in December. I was told that if no one expressed any interest in the mill at that time, that it would be torn down for the brick, stone and beams, and the land parcelled off. To prevent this tragedy, I'm in the process of organizing a non-profit to take over the mill, and renovate it, and make some productive use of it. I've made an arrangement with the town to convert the back taxes into a loan, in essence, allowing us to buy the site for nothing, and put all our effort & money into repairs and renovations. Hooorah! Unfortunately, most of our co-housing group, when faced with a real possibility, decided that although they wanted to *talk* about co-housing, they didn't want to do it *now* (or even action now, which would produce results in five years) So, I'm attempting to recruit more people who are *seriously* interested in co-housing in our area. What I am hoping for is a community in which several people have small businesses which can make use of space in the mill for their businesses. For instance, I have a friend who has a wool yarn spinning mill, another who have a cotton weaving workshop, I'd like to have a post & beam frame business, etc... What would be ideal is to have a community of artisans and other sorts of creative people... I'd also like to have a space for Contra Dancing and other folk music... In addition, the mill is in the middle of the Quinebogg & Shatucket National Heritage River Corridor. Hopefully, the turbine room, and the main stair tower can be used for a museum and visitor center for the Corridor. Anyway, dispite the lack of support from the co-housing group, I'm interested in persuing the non-profit renovation and use of the mill. Any ideas welcome, especially details involving renovation of old inductrial buildings. The mill is long and narrow, roughly 80 ft by 700 ft.... Jim.
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