Developer Belmont-Sayre redeveloped the Grey Hoisery Mill of Hendersonville, North Carolina with the help of Tise-Kiester Architects, contractor CT Wilson, numerous engineers and consultants, and local, state, and national preservation staffs. MHA Charleston consulted on the more than $3 million generated in state and federal historic tax credits.
Historically a textile factory responsible for employment of hundreds, the 48,000 square foot building eventually became the city of Hendersonville’s only remaining early-twentieth-century industrial building. It now serves as a much-needed apartment complex with affordable and market-rate garden-style apartments.
The historic mill building originally produced knee-length ribbed stockings for children and the site still contains numerous original rooms, each designated for a specific purpose. The property consists of a “Knitting Room” dated to 1915, with various additions added in 1919, 1925, and 1947 on the west side of the site. A parallel group of rooms on the east side of the building consists of the “Shipping Room,” dated to 1919, at the south façade along Fourth Street; and the “Finishing Room,” the “Boiler Room” (both dated 1926), and the “Loading Dock” (ca. 1970) to the north. Around the time of WWII, nylon was invented, and the mill’s production changed to seamless hosiery for women.
Rehabilitation work was thoughtfully executed to retain the character of the historic industrial site and included the repair of historic metal windows, doors, stairways, and brick; the addition of historically compatible windows; the restoration of entrances; and installation of new stairways and elevators where necessary to meet life safety codes.
Grey Mill is only three blocks from Hendersonville’s historic Main Street area with specialty stores, museums, dining establishments, banks, entertainment, and employment opportunities.
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