Activity is buzzing right now within the walls of the Mill! The City of Plainwell signed a developer's agreement in April 2010 with Conestoga Rovers and Associates (developer) to tackle a multi-phase project to clean up the parcel and bring new ventures to the site that has been vacant since the Plainwell Paper Mill Company declared bankruptcy in November 2000.

The City of Plainwell purchased the property in 2006. Since that time, the City has had several public meetings and tours trying to get grants and private developers on board. So far, we've won nearly $3 million in grants to help demolish unwanted structures and to create a new entrance in Fannie Pell Park to access the Mill. Additionally, the state MEGA board has promised additional tax incentives, the site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Conestoga Rovers and Associates (CRA) moved their 30 workers to the mill in mid-March 2012, and hired an additional 6 to 10 people so they could establish their headquarters for their construction services division inside the brick office building near the Mill Race. In 2012, CRA wrapped up work to install an elevator and renovated sections of the structure for both CRA's and City Hall's eventual relocation. Demolition occurred removing obsolete structures, and a former mill structure was renovated into the new headquarters for the Plainwell Department of Public Safety.

Progress is certainly happening! In 2013, the City of Plainwell will continue to pursue funding for additional demolition of obsolete structures.

Do you want to be part of Plainwell's history? Plans are also underway to transform the site to a historical center for the town. In fact, portions of mill buildings and land are currently on the market in/on which tenants are actively being sought. Just go to this link to learn more about what is available: http://ccmichigan.catylist.com/jsp/listings/listing_overview.jsp?listingID=26176154

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2013
  • New Public Safety Building Open House Presentation
  • 2012