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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 >>

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.’’

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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. 

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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