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Revolutionizing History At Revolution Mill In Greensboro

In 1898 the Cone brothers opened the South's first flannel mill in northeast Greensboro. In 1982 the mill closed but in 2017 new business is opening.

Self Help Ventures Fund bought the 45-acre property in 2012 and began the $100 million redevelopment. WFMY News 2's Maddie Gardner stopped by the historic mill to check out what's new. 

Cugino Forno Pizzeria opened March 9th. They chose Revolution Mill because they wanted to combine the American history of the mill with the Italian history of the pizzeria. Their wood fire ovens can bake a pie to perfection in 90 seconds and they say they use only the freshest imported ingredients. 

A Greensboro favorite, Natty Greene's is opening a third location at the mill. Owner Kayne Fisher said the new spot will be, "a butcher, a baker and a beer maker," but we'll have to stay tuned to see what that means. Fisher says Revolution Mill is the perfect spot for Natty Greene's because of the Greensboro history that lives there. 

Urban Grinders, a Greensboro art and coffee house, will open their second location in the mill in April. Owners Jeff and Marcus say they can't wait to be at the historic property.

The mill also features 142 loft apartments. One and two bedroom spaces are available to rent. The lofts are in the oldest building at Revolution Mill and many of the original features are highlighted in the floor plans. The tenants are also able to enjoy a fitness and yoga studio, a theater room, demonstration kitchen, dog park and community grills.

See video coverage of Revolution Mill on WFMY2 >> 

Nick Piornack talks about the development of Revolution Mill

More than a hundred years after it was built, one of the Piedmont’s largest buildings is living up to its name.

Nearly four years after the Self-Help Ventures Fund out of Durham started developing the old Cone Revolution Cotton Mill in southeast Greensboro, Business Development Manager Nick Piornack and his team are putting together one unique and innovative development.

First, some history: construction began on the Revolution Mill in the early part of the 20th century. By 1930, it was the largest flannel factory in the world. 6,000 to 10,000 workers in three different shifts rotated in and out every day.

Revolution faded a little more than 50 years later when -- like what happened to many North Carolina textile mills -- work went overseas. Cone Mills ceased operations here in 1982. 

Fast forward to today. It’s a place where people live, work, eat and play -- all in a place that’s also on the National Register of Historic Places.

“The floors, of course, are very important,” Piornack told me when he gave me a tour of the mill recently. “Anywhere there was significant damage we replaced with similar maple and sanded everything out and blended it the best we could.”

Piornack knows blending well. He’s incorporated it in his recruitment of tenants. There are 90 businesses that call Revolution home and he’s looking for more.

“And they are from hair salons to law firms to interior designers,” he said. “And if you walked down the halls you cannot really figure out one type of industry we’re targeting.”

One of the largest businesses in the building so far is LT Apparel. It’s a company based in New York that designs, makes and markets apparel and accessories for some of the country’s top brands. The 30 people in the Greensboro operation focus mainly on the Adidas and Carhartt children’s lines. They work in more than 12,000 square feet in Revolution.

But businesses aren’t the only ones calling Revolution home. There’s a waiting list for the 12 studio spaces for working artists. There’s also an art gallery that’s a collaborative effort between Revolution and UNC-Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum.

Among the most dynamic parts of the complex runs almost the entire length of the mill’s south building. The 140 apartments feature 26 different floor plans. Rent is in the low $900s for one-bedroom units, low $1000s for two-bedrooms. At this writing, the apartments are about 50 percent leased.

“All of them are built within the fabric and integrity of the mill,” Piornack said. “So where there was a brick wall, we left it. Whether there was a column in the middle of the bedroom, we worked around it.”

And that’s not all. Watch the video that accompanies this article for more on the restaurants and plans for the largest of the mill’s courtyard areas.

See the article on Fox 8 >>

REVOLUTION MILL CREATES RESIDENCY FOR LOCAL ARTISTS

 

The current political climate seems sure to bring about some amazing protest art, but in Greensboro, local artists will have the revolution brought to them. The new Artist In Residency Revolution (AirRev) program at Revolution Mill gives politically and socially critical artists of the Triad a work space, resources and a platform from which to share their work with others.

AirRev is in the middle of its first season, which began in February and will end in May. The residency gives participants four months of reduced rent in a 1,774 square foot studio space shared with local artists of all stripes, including painters, poets, and filmmakers. AirRev Program Director Rachel Wexler conducted interviews with area artists to tailor the residency to their needs.

“A lot of them expressed a need for building an artist community of folks who are newly graduated,” said Wexler. “There are several arts programs at universities here in Greensboro, so there’s a young arts community, but there’s not enough space to work.”

The first season of AirRev hosted both group arts projects, like Paper 2 Film and the Greensboro Mural Project, as well as solo artists, including Lavinia Jackson, Terri Shalane, Larry Wright, and Kori Sergent.

The AirRev artists come from different backgrounds and favor different mediums, but all are current locals, and all have an element of socio-political commentary to their art. The AirRev program sought out applicants who represented marginalized groups, and whose work encouraged community engagement.

“One of the program requirements is giving back to the community. That may mean giving back to Revolution Mill itself, or to the Greensboro community as a whole,” said Wexler. “Lavinia works with disabled veterans. The Greensboro Mural Project does murals throughout town and builds engagement around the content of those murals.”

Resident artists gain access to Revolution Mill resources, as well as 24/7 access to the studio space. That means there’s no such thing as a typical work day.

“Usually half the artists are here at night,” said Sergent. “There’s not really an average day because we all have jobs.”

Artists often find themselves in the studio in groups of two or three, painting or typing away at odd hours of the night. Sergent, whose mixed media art deals with the fragile state of women’s rights in modern America, said working near the other residents has informed her own creations.

“It’s really inspiring to be around so many different types of artists,” she said.

Participants are required to spend at least 15 hours per week working in the studio, but Sergent estimates that most spend between 20 and 40 hours. Fitting in studio time can be difficult, but some residents view their hours at the Mill as a retreat from the outside world, a haven where they can reflect on their daily life and find meaning in that raw material.

“My art is a representation of me, my blackness, my feelings, and most importantly my babies. It’s me trying to escape,” said Terri Shalane, a resident who uses her paintings to bring awareness to overlooked mental health issues in the black community. “I have also been working on having events that will empower people of color and give them a place where they can show their art.”

The outreach efforts of Shalane, Sergent, and the other AirRev participants join the work of other local groups trying to grow the Triad’s art scene. It seems to be working: Sergent chose to move to Greensboro based on the city’s creative reputation.

“My boyfriend and I had the choice of moving to Greensboro or Savannah, Georgia,” Sergent explained. “I wanted to come here. I love how focused Greensboro’s artists are.”

The second round of residency applications opened March 1, with the second season to start in July. Wexler aims to make future seasons of AirRev a little more structured and a lot more affordable.

“Residents pay $100 a month for the space. In my ideal world, we’d be paying them,” said Wexler.

Wexler wants to set up an exchange in which a local businesses could sponsor a residency in exchange for commissioned work from the artist, be it a mural, an art installation or a workshop.

“In the next round of applications, we’re hoping people can apply for these client-based projects,” said Wexler. “We’re trying to get the word out.”

Client sponsorships would be sure to draw in more talented locals who may have been discouraged by the program’s initial cost. But even with the current rent, Sergent said she has gained valuable experience from connecting with other artists who differ from her personally, but share her passion for the craft.

“I think that’s the best part of a residency,” said Sergent. “It’s about being with like minded people who are on the same grind as you, who still work on art when nothing is saying you have to be an artist.”

Applications for the second season of AirRev are open now through April 15. For more information about AirRev or to apply, visit www.revolutionmillgreensboro.com.

See the Yes! Weekly article here >>

Cugino Forno Pizzeria has opened in Greensboro

Cugino Forno Neapolitan Pizza has opened at 1160 Revolution Mill Drive.

Cousins Joseph Ozbey, Yilmaz Guver and Adam Adksoy opened the pizzeria. Cugino is Italian for cousin. Forno is Italian for oven.

The pizzeria specializes in Neapolitan-style pizza using imported ingredients.

Customers sit at picnic tables and watch their custom-order, hand-tossed pizza being baked in 90 seconds in one of three 800-degree specialty ovens.

The menu is small. There are only 11 16-inch specialty pizzas ranging from a vegetarian-friendly Marinara to the Napoletana with Italian sausage and Bufala Mozzarella.

Additional toppings, such as artichoke or caramelized onion can be added to the Margherita pizza. The restaurant also offers salads and Cannoli.  Italian beer and wine will be offered soon.

The pizzeria is in the free-standing building that was a machine shop for the former Revolution Mill. The mill opened in 1899 and produced flannel for decades before closing and falling into disrepair. In 2012, Self-Help assumed ownership of Revolution Mill and is completing the property’s transformation into a mixed-use development of offices and apartments.

Cugino Forno may well be the beginning of the mill campus as a destination for diners. Urban Grinders coffee shop is expected to open in the main building this spring. Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, a spin-off from Natty Greene’s Brew Pub featuring a full restaurant charcuterie and bar, is expected to open this year in another free standing building overlooking Buffalo Creek on the campus’ south side. A pedestrian bridge has already been constructed so that patrons can reach the restaurant from parking on the stream’s south bank.

Cugino Forno is open from 11 a.m. until the dough runs out, around 9 p.m.

Follow Cugino Forno on Facebook.

See the News & Record article here >>

Short Orders: Urban Grinders coming to Revolution Mill

Urban Grinders coffee shop is opening at Revolution Mill in Greensboro.

This will be the second location for Urban Grinders, which opened a coffee shop and art gallery in 2015 at 116 N. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.

The new opening is part of a redevelopment for the historic old textile mill that produced flannel for decades before closing and falling into disrepair.

In 2012, Self-Help assumed ownership of Revolution Mill and is completing the property’s transformation into a mixed-use development.

The coffee shop will be on the first floor of Building 1250, home to more than 45 businesses, art studios and creative firms. It also houses the artist-in-residence program and the WAMRev Gallery, which hosts rotating exhibits in collaboration with Weatherspoon Art Museum.

“Focusing on art and music more so than any other coffee shop has helped to breed a certain culture downtown that you can’t find anywhere else,” said owner Jeff Beck. “We like to tell people we have taken a chunk of New York and plopped it right down in the middle of Greensboro. Urban Grinders at Revolution will have the same spirit as our Elm Street location, but we will be focusing more on a refined coffee shop atmosphere.”

The shop’s open concept will feature seating for 35 to 50 people. It will overlook Revolution Docks — an outdoor plaza that can be used for casual gathering, events and performances.

The coffee shop will open in early spring.

It joins dining concepts Cugino Forno Pizzeria and Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, which also are expected to open on the campus this spring.

For more information, visit http://revolutionmill greensboro.com.

See the News & Record article here >> 

FIRST LOOK: Inside the new Revolution Mill Apartments

Character and convenience are two strong selling points for the new Revolution Mill Apartments in Greensboro.

No two units are exactly alike. In fact, Revolution Mill leasing representative Meredith Frye said 26 different floor plans are among the 140 units. And even if a unit is among the eight “most-common” floor plans, it has its own unique characteristics, whether it’s the outline of a bricked-over service elevator on the wall or pipes and duct work below the 15-20-foot high ceilings.

Since opening at the beginning of February, the former textile mill, about two miles north of downtown Greensboro, has welcomed 30 residents on its two levels. Another 30 are signed and will move in soon. A similar number are available to residents eligible for reduced rent.

The 50-acre Revolution Mill property, once home of the South's largest flannel mill, is hoped to become an attraction and a showcase for redevelopment. The former mill was purchased for redevelopment by Self-Help Ventures Fund in 2012.

Under the same roof as several offices, the apartment section has its own secure entrances. At least three restaurants have committed to the mill, including Natty Greene’s Kitchen + Market, a spin-off of the brew pub and brewery, and Cugino Forno Pizzeria, offering Neapolitan-style pizza, scheduled to open before the end of March.

Apartment attractions include the high ceilings and new windows modeled after the originals that measure either 10 or 15 feet in height and offer tremendous light. Each unit has restored brick walls with wood beams and steel light fixtures hanging from the ceiling as well as modern kitchens.

Rent is $915 to $945 for one-bedroom units, and $1,150 for two-bedroom units. All units have one bathroom.

The spacious hallways are climate controlled with original brick and beams. A courtyard planned as a gathering spot and a venue for shows is under construction.

See the Triad Business Journal article here >>

Creative (Work) Space

Darryl Howard doesn’t feel like he’s ever going to work.

That’s because his office doesn’t look like your typical, drab workspace. You won’t find chunky, impersonal office furniture from the 1970s. Or faded carpets hosting crumbs from the meals of long gone employees.

His office at Revolution Mill is filled with artwork that includes paintings, sculpture and found objects. The floors are hardwood, and the large windows and high ceilings bring in abundant natural light.

Howard’s design and technology studio, Space Logix, also includes workspaces for a dress designer, pharmacist, aquarium lighting manufacturer, angel investor, physician and several corporate remote employees.

Children and pets are welcome there.

And occasionally, they have after-work wine tastings.

“Most of us at one time or another have spent our working lives in a dull, traditional workplace. We enter feeling uninspired and leave feeling drained,” Howard says. “Work has changed. Workers’ expectations for their work environment has changed. ... I built this location to satisfy my own needs as a place I would like to work.”

It’s a space set within a campus that includes about 250,000 square feet of office space, 142 loft apartments, restaurants, art galleries, fitness center, yoga studio and event venues. Many of the offices, like Howard’s, resemble a spread from a modern furnishings catalog. 

The site holds significance in Greensboro’s manufacturing history. Brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone partnered with longtime friends, the Sternbergers, to open Revolution Mill in 1898. It became the first flannel mill in the South. The mill closed in 1982 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. There is a permanent gallery documenting its history on the campus.

Today, the mill hosts a mix of professionals, including photographers, health care workers, hairstylists, attorneys and counselors.

There are regular socials for tenants, and an amphitheatre will feature a variety of entertainment events.

“It is so diverse but so casual and laid-back that not working here, I believe, would be difficult,” Howard says. “You get so used to the beauty, the different creatives, the diversity and the expansive campus that it takes on more of being a physical part of you. I don’t think that anyone refers to it as the ‘office.’ Coming into ‘work’ never feels like ‘work,’ rather just a part of the natural rhythm of your creativity.”

See the News & Record article here >>

History Comes To Life At New Revolution Mill Apartments

An old factory transformed into modern, stylish apartments. 

Greensboro's history in the textile industry is undeniable when you step into the newly transformed Revolution Mill Apartments

Exposed brick walls, original hardwood floors, and high ceilings and windows are all evidence of the area's evolution. 

Revolution Mill was first known as the Proximity Cotton Mill. The factory was built in the late 1800's and was a leading manufacturer of denim through the 1900's. 

The mill eventually closed in 1982 due to decreasing popularity in flannels. 

Revolution Studios purchased the old mill in the early 2000's and has since been transforming the campus into offices, event space, restaurants, and now apartments. 

The first generation of tenants moved into the new apartments in February. 

See the WFMY article here >>

Fall Food Truck Festival

We're gearing up for Sunday's Fall Food Truck Festival! With 18 confirmed trucks and great live music we know this is going to be a winning event. If you're looking to learn more about our apartments and development, come find one of our Revolution Mill staff members to learn more about the project!

Natty Greene's + Stonefield Cellars will be serving beer and wine, and for your listening pleasure we'll have a few talented musicians taking the stage: 

12 - 1:30  Emma Lee Music
1:45 - 3:45 Star Wizard
4:00 - 6:00 The Tyler Millard Band

This is Spring Garden's last food truck rodeo of the year, so we're planning to finish the season out with a bang! 

Peruse the line-up here: 

You say you want a revolution...

Southern Railway trains once carried boxcars of cotton for the manufacture of denim, flannel and corduroy to the cluster of Cone Mills factories in northeast Greensboro. The tracks still cross Yanceyville Street, as they have for decades, and run alongside a shuttered red-brick mill that developers envision as a potential boutique hotel.

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Follow the tracks across a trestle spanning North Buffalo Creek, and more than 30 years of dreaming gives way to reality — a construction site with piles of gravel and sand, and the rumble of trucks and a yellow excavator next to the tall, sandy brick smokestack of Revolution Mill.

“It is good to see a structure like that get used again,’’ says Joe Hill, whose parents made denim for Cone Mills. The retired facilities director for Guilford County Schools grew up in the mill village that he says could benefit economically from a $100 million redevelopment of the 117-year-old mill.

Self-Help, a Durham-based credit union and lender, bought the 512,000-square-foot factory out of foreclosure in 2012. Most of the office space it inherited was leased, so it renovated more.

Whether people want to live in the heart of Greensboro’s mill district will be a test not only for Self-Help but also for boosters of Greensboro’s center city, which is 2 miles south. The additional housing is needed, according to Zach Matheny, president and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Inc. The central business district’s population of about 2,300 people is “a very low number for a city of Greensboro’s size,’’ he says. “I’d like to see it double. The more residents we have downtown, the more vibrant our businesses will be.’’

Read the rest on Business North Carolina >>

Preservation Celebration Recap

- Food provided by Pepper Moon
- Beer provided by Natty Greene's and Mother Earth Brewing
- Live music by the Jim Mayberry Band 
- Our architect, Eddie Belk, gave remarks and spoke about Revolution
- More than 200 people attended and toured through the project

Here at Revolution Mill we're not shy about our passion for preservation. Ask one of our Self-Help developers and they might tell you it's their dream to have people who appreciate the historic beauty of our campus wandering the halls every day… so when we got the opportunity to bring a whole conference of preservation lovers to campus we leapt at the chance.

Last week we had the chance to host the Preservation Celebration as a part of Preservation NC’s 3-day Annual Conference. As North Carolina’s only private non-profit statewide historic preservation organization, Preservation NC works to protect and promote buildings, landscapes and sites that are important to the diverse heritage of our state.

Preservation Celebration was one of the first events held on the Revolution Docks and in our WAMRev gallery. After the main event, we hosted the Young Professionals After Party in the 1160 event space -- a fun, casual get-together for the young and young at heart!

Flip through images of the event below – and be sure to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all of the upcoming campus events. 

Modular elevator installation

Our new all-glass elevator arrives on site first thing tomorrow morning! The first of it's kind in Greensboro, it will be craned into place by Resolute Elevator LLC.

Check out some of the press coverage here:

- North Carolina Construction News

- The Sun News (New Bern, NC)

Weatherspoon and Revolution Mill Announce Exciting Collaboration

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Revolution Mill are excited to announce that they have partnered to present a dynamic painting installation by Raleigh-based artist James Marshall (aka Dalek) inside the newly completed Gallery 1250 located at 1250 Revolution Mill Drive.

Titled Articulate, Marshall’s design was inspired by a desire to both feature the angular geometries found throughout the historic mill building and set off the vibrant red that has been used as the signature color of its renovation. He created a composition in which interlocking and overlapping bands fit together to form an array of rectangles, diamonds, and bisected squares. His use of wall space emphasizes the height and depth of the gallery, while a cool palette of greens and blues contrast with, and give greater definition to, the hot red of the historic industrial duct work overhead.

“Marshall’s installation is stunning” says WAM curator, Emily Stamey. “He not only responded thoughtfully to the space, but used every inch of the gallery walls to dramatic effect.”

WAM and Revolution are working to make this installation the first in a series of ongoing WAMRev collaborations, reflecting a shared commitment to presenting bold and imaginative exhibitions and reaching new audiences.  

WAMRev is located in Revolution Mill’s newly redeveloped Building 1250. The gallery was designed in the center of the floor, with walkways through the space and large glass windows so that tenants and visitors can continually view and experience the art. The 1250 building is just part of the 50-acre mixed-use campus, which is home to artist studios and creative office spaces, and also features a multimedia gallery for film installations, a future café, 142 character-filled apartments, and an outdoor event and performance space named Revolution Docks. 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Weatherspoon in this space”, says Revolution Mill development manager, Micah Kordsmeier. “Developing a creative and inspired campus has always been a central focus of our work at Revolution, and so it’s very exciting to work with such a committed arts institution and to  extend WAM’s reach into new communities surrounding Revolution. It is one of many ways we are engaging with Greensboro’s creative community.”

Articulate will remain on view through the end of 2016, and future collaborative projects are already in the works, featuring contemporary artists representing a breadth of mediums, styles, and cultural experiences.

Learn more about this installation and the WAMRev partnership at www.revolutionmillgreensboro.com/WAMRev or on social media using #WAMRev.

The installation is on display at 1250 Revolution Mill Dr., 1st Floor

Monday-Friday 11-6; select evening + weekend hours will begin this fall. 

NATTY GREENE’S BREWING CO. KITCHEN & MARKET TO OPEN AT REVOLUTION MILL

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GREENSBORO, NC (May 10, 2016) – Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. is planning to open an exciting new restaurant concept at Revolution Mill.

Natty Greene’s Kitchen & Market will be another extension of the brand in addition to Natty Greene’s pub in downtown Greensboro. The restaurant will be done in partnership with Self Help Ventures Fund, which is renovating the 9,000 square foot Carpenter’s Shop building at Revolution Mill to house the new restaurant.

The restaurant will bring together The Butcher, The Baker, and The Beer Maker. It will feature an in-house butchery, marketplace, mezzanine, open kitchen, dining area, high table bar area, and an outdoor patio featuring bar and lounge seating. The patio will be a dramatic outdoor dining area built over the mill’s former reservoir pond just next to North Buffalo Creek.

“Natty Greene’s Kitchen & Market brings together the best of the South. Not only will we continue to handcraft all our beers on tap, we will also bring in fresh meats and produce daily,” said Kayne Fisher, co-founder of Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. “Our base menu will feature shares, make your own meat and cheese boards, salads, and sandwiches with fresh made bread and hand cut meats. At night, we’ll bring out “Today’s Cuts and Sides”. The cuts will be whatever our butcher has brought in that day; at least one beef, pork, chicken, and fish option will always be on the board. The sides will be created from what is available from local farmers that day as well, along with a few steadies ranging from collards to mac n cheese, true Southern staples. All of this will happen in the open kitchen, to again further the customers' experience by allowing them access to see exactly how their food is being prepared.”

The Market concept of Natty Greene’s Kitchen & Market will be another element of the restaurant. The Market will stock the daily cuts, sides, sauces, and even beer and wine for customers to purchase to go.

“This is a spectacular space, within a gorgeous redeveloped part of Greensboro’s history,” said Fisher. The Kitchen & Market concept in a setting like this will be a destination for people from the Triad and beyond.”

The restaurant is part of a $100 million redevelopment taking place at the historic Revolution Mill campus, which includes 250,000sf of Class A office space and creative studios, 142 apartments, event and performance venues, and a planned connection to the downtown Greenway system. The Kitchen and Market will occupy a building formerly used as the textile mill’s Carpenter's Shop, which boasts giant windows, original timber beams, and overlooks Revolution's iconic smokestacks and North Buffalo Creek.

“Revolution Mill and Self-Help are ecstatic to have Natty Greene’s Kitchen and Market locating here,” said Self-Help’s Tucker Bartlett. “Natty’s is a Greensboro institution and their restaurant concept starts an exciting new chapter in the history of both Natty’s and Rev Mill. We had always hoped for a destination restaurant that would anchor that part of the campus, and this concept certainly fits the bill. The Natty’s folks have been great to work with—we see them as partners in the continued success of this project.”

“We’d also like to thank the City of Greensboro for supporting this partnership between Revolution and Natty Greene’s.” The City of Greensboro is partially funding the creation of parking and related infrastructure that is critical to allowing customers convenient access to the new restaurant.

 

Looking for further reading on Natty Greene's Kitchen + Market? 

- WFMY News 2: Business Is Brewing For Natty Greene's In Greensboro

- News & Record: Natty Greene's to open new restaurant at Revolution Mill

- Triad Business Journal: Natty Greene's unveils plans for new restaurant, market at Revolution Mill

- myfox8: New Natty Greene's restaurant to open at Revolution Mill in Greensboro

Revolution Mill Announces Major Anchor Tenant

Thursday Revolution Mill announced it's first major tenant will be LT Apparel Group.

"LT has been a leader in the textile industry for over 50 years and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them here,” said development manager Micah Kordsmeier.

Once a textile plant, the new space will house the designers who create products for Adidas and Carhartt children's lines in the United States.

"What we do is we design all of the apparel while taking into account inspiration from the parent companies because we want some consistency with the brand,” said Anne Garvey, the Adidas and Carharrt Kids Division President. “We do all of the design and all of the artwork."

Although the company is based in New York, it's had ties to the Gate City for several years.

"About 12 years ago they purchased a division of VF Corporation it was called, 'VF Playwear' and specifically it was the brand Healthtex. Healthtex has been in Greensboro since 1990,” said Garvey.

For Garvey, being able to work in the mill is a dream come true.

"It's come full circle for me because the first time I visited Greensboro was to visit Cone Mills and now to be working in the mill it is exciting."

Keeping the building's roots in tact was part of the developer's key goals.

"Textile mills in Greensboro were really the centers of the community and the economy,” said Kordsmeier. “The mills grew up and housed thousands of workers and they built whole neighborhoods around them and the whole community revolved around that mill and that's something we're really trying to do here as well."

By 2017 company leaders said the Greensboro area can expect job opportunities within the corporation.

WATCH THE VIDEO ON TWC NEWS >>

REVOLUTION MILL CHURNS FORWARD INTO PHASE II

The folks behind the revitalization of the old Revolution Mill property are moving forward again, this time with even bigger and better projects. The property will continue its growth as a small business center, but with additional emphasis in Phase II on making this a destination property for work, home and recreation.

Nick Piornack, Business Development Manager for Revolution Mill, said initial work on Phase II of the project began this past spring, but things were really picking up steam now.

“The project is slated to run up to about $100 million by completion,” he said. “Once this phase is done, we’ll have about 520,000 sq. feet of renovated space under roof.”

He explained that the original Phase I development plan for the property renovated about 130,000 sq. feet of the property into office space.

Read the rest on YES! WEEKLY >>

City signs off on incentives for Natty Greene's, Revolution Mill

With the passage of a nearly $390,000 incentives package, it appears Natty Greene’s Brewing Co. will likely consolidate and expand its business at the Revolution Mill campus in Greensboro.

Greensboro City Council unanimously signed off on the deal at its Tuesday meeting, with Natty Greene’s to receive up to $387,500 to help offset an investment of at least $14.5 million and the creation of 27 jobs by the end of 2018.

Natty Greene’s is seeking to create a destination brewery and tasting room on a campus that includes a new restaurant in what co-founder Kayne Fisher has said will be “Natty Greene’s Disney World — this full experience, this interactive experience.”

The new campus would replace its production brewery now located on Gate City Boulevard across from the Greensboro Coliseum Complex, with Natty’s expecting to build a new brewery that can produce more than 100,000 barrels of beer annually — more than triple its current capacity.

A new restaurant would be located in the 10,000-square-foot former carpenters shop that sits adjacent to the main Revolution Mill building and borders a creek.

Fisher told the Triad Business Journal last year that with the opening of a new campus, Natty’s plans to close or at least rebrand its downtown Greensboro brewpub with a new, larger restaurant adjacent to the new brewery.

Read the rest on Triad Business Journal >>

Revolution Mill developers hope to capture excitement, success of American Tobacco complex

The American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham is now touted statewide and nationally as a resounding success.

The expansive historic mill that churned out Lucky Strike cigarettes for generations rebounded from decades of decay to become home to more than 100 companies and spark an ongoing renaissance in Durham's core.

But there was a time when it sat poised like Revolution Mill, the former Cone Mills flagship in Greensboro now undergoing a $100 million renovation by Self-Help Ventures Fund of Durham.

And on Tuesday, Self-Help invited community and business leaders to Revolution to hear how the developers of American Tobacco carved a path to recovery during the past 10 years, with the hope that a similar future lies ahead for the former Cone property.

Michael Goodmon is vice president of real estate for Capitol Broadcasting Co., which has redeveloped American Tobacco, and said local involvement will be crucial to the success of Revolution Mill.

Read the rest on Triad Business Journal >>

Broker selected for $100M Revolution Mill redevelopment

CBRE Triad has won the commercial leasing rights to represent Revolution Mill, a $100 million redevelopment of the former Cone Mill.

Revolution Mill, a massive complex of brick buildings and smokestacks off Yanceyville Street in Greensboro, was the first flannel mill in the South and secured Greensboro’s position as a major employer in the industry for decades until it closed in 1982.

Now, owner Self-Help Ventures Fund is working to breathe life back into Revolution Mill, which currently is being converted to provide more than 242,000 square feet of rentable Class A office space, as well as two restaurants and about 26,000 square feet of studio space for creative office users such as artists and entrepreneurs.

“We are pleased to have the CBRE team and its worldwide network of resources representing Revolution Mill,” said Malcolm White, director of marketing and leasing for Self-Help Ventures Fund. “We believe CBRE is well-positioned to attract prospective tenants from the Triad, the Southeast and beyond who are attracted to a beautifully-restored mill — with huge windows, oak columns, hardwood floors and vintage hardware — that is located only minutes from downtown Greensboro."

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$100 million Revolution Mill redevelopment project ramping up for 2016 finish

GREENSBORO − The group that is doing a  redevelopment of the historic Revolution Mill textile mill complex said today that it will ramp up construction and finish the project by the third quarter of 2016. 

Self-Help Ventures Fund, owner of Revolution Mill and the surrounding 45 acres two miles north of downtown Greensboro, said it closed recently on a financing package and began an accelerated construction schedule to complete the redevelopment of the mixed-use, destination campus by the third quarter of 2016, according to a news release. 

Development Manager Micah Kordsmeier said in the release that the project will exceed $100 million and will include 142 one and two-bedroom apartments, 240,000 square feet of  office space, and multiple dining options.

The company will also offer space for 20-30 working artists, galleries, and a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces.

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