West Charlotte’s Seversville neighborhood is home to Savona Mill, an old weave mill that dates back to 1915 that was originally a 90,000 square-foot space. However, in 1920, the mill received an addition that brought it to a whopping 135,000 square-foot place. With another 15,000 square-foot addition in 1951 plus many more add-ons, the still-standing mill occupies nearly 200,000 square feet of development opportunity.
The original 90,000 square-foot mill structure is going to be restored and repurposed and will serve as a fantastic example of an “adaptive reuse” project. It will most likely be a mixed-use development that will combine retail space, restaurants and loft-style offices, as well as a “publicly accessible space – – potentially something resembling Faneuil Hall in Boston.”
That still leaves over 100,000 square feet to play with. One possible component of the project would be an incubator kitchen, which would serve as a food hub for entrepreneurs. This would provide kitchen work space for food truck operators, as well as for culinary students from Johnson and Wales University and Central Piedmont Community College. There is also a potential for venue space here, both indoor and outdoor, to be used for private events.
A co-working space may also be developed as part of the project, that would include workspace for artists and artisans that would give them an opportunity to collaborate in the same place from which they also run their businesses.
The potential for this project is massive, and its commitment to maintaining the integrity and history as well as the character of the mill are at the forefront of its development. For more information on this Seversville project and the Savona Mill, be sure to read the full article at bizjournals.com.