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Langdale Mill Redevelopment Project

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Date: 2/29/2012 9:06 am
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After receiving close to one million dollars in grants from the EPA’s Brownfields Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), and the USDA that funded feasibility studies; the creation of a master plan for redevelopment of the Historic Langdale Mill property; and environmental assessments and environmental cleanup on both Langdale and Riverdale mills, work has begun on Phase One of the Langdale Mill Redevelopment Project. 

On January 23,2012, work began on the deconstruction of five non-historic warehouses on the north side of the Langdale Mill property. The work is being funded through a $100,000 grant Valley received from the Appalachian Regional Commission. The deconstruction will systematically disassemble warehouses 1-5 and reuse/recycle the salvaged material in the further redevelopment of the Langdale Mill property. An inventory tool developed through a 2008 EPA Sustainability Pilot Program Grant estimated the salvage/reuse value of the building materials in these warehouses at $163,400.These materials can be reused and recycled in the further redevelopment of the mill or sold to help fund the redevelopment of the mill property.

Warehouses 1 and 2 had asbestos-containing materials (ACM) on three sides that would have to be removed. There were also ACM on 2 parapets between warehouses 3 - 4 and 4 - 5 that would have to be removed. The ACM has been removed through funds from a $165,000 EPA Brownfields Grant the City received in September 2011. The removal used an EPA-approved method by a company that specializes in the environmental remediation of hazardous material. In addition to removing the ACM, the company also disposed of it.

Removal of warehouses 1 - 5 will give access to 6 other warehouses (6-12) that are more historic and are located behind the warehouses being deconstructed. When the five non-historic warehouses have been removed, warehouses 6-12 will be visible for the first time since the early 1900s and approximately 3,900 square yards of green space will be created on the Langdale Mill property.                  

 Warehouses 6-12 were built in the late 1880s and are in relatively good structual condition. Future plans are to redevelop these warehouses for mixed reuse such as restaurants, retail shops, incubator businesses,an art co-op and gallery, and a community room that would accomodate up to 300 people. Removal will also give access to a covered area that may be the future site of the Historic Langdale Mill Farmers Market. Additionally, removal of the warehouses will create access to an area in the Weave Room #2 building that can be used as an incubator business facility.