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July 31, 2013

Imperial Mill reuse a local success

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PLATTSBURGH —

The best option may be to tear that section down and rebuild.

Imperial Wallcovering closed in 1998. The property was acquired by Main Mill Street Investments LLC in 2003.

“It’s been a challenge to reinvent this place,” Bray said.

RENOVATIONS

Main Mill spent millions to renovate and improve the plant, which was built in phases between 1903 and the mid 1980s, Bray said.

That includes a rebuild of one of the boilers, which has reduced heating costs from $286,000 to about $100,000 a year for the last two years. 

Bray said they are in the midst of roof repairs. They spent about $500,000 on that work last year and have about 120,000 square feet left to finish.

The site covers 46 acres, with about 20 acres available for expansion, Bray said, including sites with scenic views of the Saranac River.

When he took over as property manager, Bray said, the biggest challenge was finding tenants.

“Now my challenge is finding space to fit them in.”

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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