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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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Photo property of Business North Carolina

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.’’

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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.

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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.

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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.

Read the rest on News & Record >>

Developer behind downtown Greensboro successes joins Revolution Mill team

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A developer with a South Elm Street resume has been brought aboard as business development manager at Revolution Mill District, the former Cone Mills campus being redeveloped by Self-Help Ventures Fund.

Nick Piornack will be charged with forming partnerships and increasing exposure for the 45-acre property that also includes the neighboring Olympic Mills building.

"We're delighted to have Nick's energy, his commitment to Greensboro, and his ability to forge productive partnerships that will catalyze investment and create a new destination that people from across the Triad can enjoy," said Micah Kordsmeier, development manager for Revolution Mill.

Piornack, a managing partner of Raleigh-based Momentum Development Partners, has seen success in downtown within the last several years with the redevelopment of buildings off of South Elm Street into restaurants WORX and Spice Cantina as well as the event space, The Rail Yard.

Piornack serves on the board of Downtown Greensboro Inc. and was named the group's "Man of the Year" last year for his work on South Elm. He is also a founding member of the South End Neighborhood Group which is working on historic preservation in downtown.

Read the rest on Triad Business Journal >>

Exclusive: Building purchase adds another piece to Revolution Mill campus development

Self-Help Ventures Fund has purchased a final piece of the Revolution Mill property in eastern Greensboro that expands the mixed-used campus the Durham-based nonprofit is developing.

In a multipart real estate deal that got underway late last year, Self-Help this month completed its purchase of the Revolution Mill House at 2004 Yanceyville St., a nearly 100-year-old portion of the former Cone Mills plant that's operated as a storage unit business.

Jim Overton, Revolution Mill project manager, said last year Self-Help purchased the outstanding note for the building from its previous owners, Frank Aumanand Jim Peeples, who were also the previous owners of the remainder of Revolution Mill.

The idea in that initial step was to help Auman and Peeples to continue to unwind their investment in the former mill, while also paving the way for Self-Help to eventually purchase both the building and the storage business, which Auman and Peeples have operated as "A Self Storage Center."

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8 great public bathrooms in Greensboro

Photo: Property of 1808 Greensboro

Photo: Property of 1808 Greensboro

In honor of April Fool’s Day, we decided to have a little fun with this column. This month, we are noting our favorite bathrooms in Greensboro. Yes, it is entirely from a female perspective. And yes, it is entirely foolish.

1. Any Quaintance-Weaver property: Each is distinctive, reflecting the unique vibe of each restaurant or restaurant/hotel. We love the large black and white romantic posters at Lucky 32 (1421 Westover Terrace) and the contemporary style of Printworks Bistro (702 Green Valley Road). The understated elegance at Green Valley Grill (622 Green Valley Road) pairs well with its surroundings. The walls hold richly framed art work, and real flowers adorn the sink.

2. Vigilante Crossfit (1819 E. Spring Garden Street): It’s a guy’s kind of gym. With barbells and ropes. Metal lockers and wooden benches. And yet, the bathroom is really nice — and clean — for such a gritty gym. And the step-in, glass-encased shower is pretty cool too. Don’t worry it’s a single bathroom, not one for multiple users.

3. Josephine’s (2417 Spring Garden Street): The ladies room is small and feminine. But what we really like are the complimentary toiletry items. Because sometimes you need to pick your teeth, and you can’t predict when you’re going to need a safety pin.

4. The Forge (115 West Lewis Street): It’s a makerspace with a “hard area” designated for metal and woodworking, and a soft space for collaboration and socializing. But to see what’s so amazing about its bathrooms, you must look up. The tin ceiling tiles are more than a century old, and they are beautiful.

5. Revolution Mill Events Center (1160 Revolution Mill Dr.): They’re clean and opulent and spacious. Each stall is privately secured with its own wooden door. And you’ve got to check out the brass monkey toilet paper holders.

Check out the other great bathrooms on 1808 >>

In the News: Revolution Evolution

An iconic structure from Greensboro’s past as a textile empire continues its renovation for a second life as a mixed used complex.

Revolution Mill is part of a nearly two million square foot campus hidden away just blocks from State Street and Greensboro County Club.

Brothers Moses and Ceasar Cone started Revolution Mill in the 1890s after realizing that it would be easier to process the raw materials needed to make denim and other textiles closer to where the cotton was grown. Cone Mills operated the building until 1982.

Revolution Mill is symbolic of Greensboro’s history as a textile capital. Historic preservation efforts led by Self-Help Ventures Fund of Durham and architect Eddie Belk, are continuing to turn the space into a business and residential center with a style that fuses industrial and modern.

Read the rest on YES! WEEKLY >>

In the News: Revolution Mill sold at auction to Self-Help

Self-Help Ventures Fund's bid of $8 million in a foreclosure auction for the historic Revolution Mill Studios property in Greensboro was successful and the Durham nonprofit will take ownership of the building.

In an announcement, Self-Help said it is currently making plans for future development of the former Cone Mills cotton mill on Yanceyville Street. The developers who started the restoration of the mill several years ago, Frank Auman and Jim Peeplesrenovated a large portion of the building but halted construction in 2011 because they lacked financing and defaulted on debt payments.

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