Many former mill complexes languish due to a daunting legacy of industrial contamination. The Town of Sanford Maine has two dozen known brownfield sites within an historic millyard of nearly one million square feet of largely vacant space. While many of the mill structures are still in good condition, there is a need for a viable reuse plan in an economy that shows little evidence of market demand. In addition, multiple property owners with different visions for the future have stymied redevelopment since the 1970’s.
The project’s redevelopment centers around the historic courtyard along the mill raceway. The recent redevelopmentg of the Stenton Mill has initiated redevelopment of the larger complex.
The former Administration Building of the International Woolen Company is well-positioned for adaptive reuse into a cultural anchor.