I had a new view of my city yesterday.
This is from the 3rd floor of the historic Eagle Mill. I've never been inside before, but was offered that opportunity yesterday and a quick tour of the building.
The Eagle Mill is part of the new Grand KaKalin riverfront development project. Groundbreaking took place on November 5th.
The entire 3rd floor will be headquarters for the current owners of the Thilmany Mill, Expera Specialty Solutions.
Our public library will relocate, occupying the 2nd floor of the enormous old mill, and more than doubling the size of their current space. I've mixed feelings about that; I love our beautiful Carnegie library and worked there when I was in high school, but a newer addition has significant issues. And the library is truly tiny -- even with the addition (which was built after I worked there). It's cute, but oh so small.
The lower level, also enormous, will be home to more office and retail space.
Deep breath. This is a very good thing. I have confidence in the developer's commitment to reviving while preserving historic places, and they have a good track record.
I can't wait for the grand opening!! It'll be fun to watch the project progress over the next year.