To the Rescue.
"Focus Lewiston-Auburn" piece on Bates Mill No. 5 in Lewiston. The two-story mill was slated for demolition this year, but Grow L+A, a grassroots group led by architect Gabrielle Russell, has saved the building, for six months at least. City councilors have given them six months to create a redevelopment plan for the mill. The group lined up prospective tenants whose needs match the building's expansive floor plan, and in the process, attracted the attention of Auburn architect-developer Tom Platz. Russell explains her appreciation for the mill's innovative design and talks about the genesis of the idea of housing as computer server farm on the first floor and a hydroponic farm upstairs. With a sidebar about Grow L+A and its commitment to involving young people in the process of saving the mill and building a stronger community, and a timeline of Bates Mill No. 5 and its history since 1992.
Bates Mill complex, Lewiston, Russell, Gabrielle, Platz, Tom, Grow L+A
McCarthy, James, "To the Rescue." (2013). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 5902.
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