KEESEVILLE — Renovation of the Old Stone Mill building is at the center of revitalization efforts in downtown Keeseville.
Keeseville-based Adirondack Architectural Heritage is leading the renovation project and has $630,000 in grant funds to put toward its cost. Architectural Heritage Board of Directors member Andy Prescott, who chairs its Old Stone Mill committee, said the 15,000 square feet of space is wide open inside, so it can be converted to any number of configurations.
It would make an ideal location for smaller professional offices, a larger corporate office or even mixed use with a restaurant or brew pub, he said.
”The vistas of the river are spectacular,” Prescott said. “We see this as being the anchor for the future of Keeseville.”
The grant allows creation of prime commercial or office space at market costs, he said. Prescott said they continue to look for someone to invest in the restoration process and eventually acquire the property.
”If we can just find that angel that wants to take that space,” Prescott said. “Our plans are in place. We’re ready to start construction tomorrow.”
He said its been a collaborative effort.
”The mayor (Dale Holderman) and Village Trustees deserve a lot of credit,” Prescott said. “(Local businessman) George Moore has also been very helpful to us.”
HORSE NAIL COMPANY
The restoration would include a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, as well as electrical and communication infrastructure.
The new doors, windows and roof would be designed to provide a historic decor. The renovated structure would be part of the Ausable Horse Nail Complex, in combination with the Architectural Heritage office building on Main Street.
Prescott said the complex was originally the centerpiece of Keeseville’s economic life from 1850 through the 1960s. Originally home to the Ausable Horse Nail Company and the Eagle Horse Nail Company, it was where local blacksmith Danile Dodge invented a horse-nail machine that revolutionized the manufacture of the nails used for horseshoes.