Plainwell Paper Mill Redevelopment


Sale sign Mill site200 Allegan

The City of Plainwell signed a developer’s agreement in April 2010 with Conestoga Rovers and Associates (developer), now GHD, to tackle a multi-phase project to clean up the parcel and bring new ventures to the site that sat vacant since the Plainwell Paper Mill Company declared bankruptcy in November 2000.

The City of Plainwell purchased the property in 2006. Master PlanSince that time, the City has held several public meetings and tours trying to get grants and private developers on board. To date nearly $3 million in grants were secured to help demolish unwanted structures and to create a new entrance in Fannie Pell Park to access the Mill. Additionally, the state MEGA board promised additional tax incentives, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Conestoga Rovers and Associates, now GHD, moved their 30 workers to the mill 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/GHD wrapped up work to install an elevator and renovated sections of the structure for both CRA/GHD’s and City Hall’s  relocation, which took place in June of 2014. Demolition occurred removing obsolete structures, and a former mill structure was renovated into the new headquarters for the Plainwell Department of Public Safety.

Vision MapProgress is certainly happening! The City of Plainwell continues to pursue funding for additional demolition of obsolete structures.

Do you want to be part of Historic Plainwell’s future?  Portions of mill buildings and land are currently on the market in which tenants are actively being sought.



This section provides useful information on building and land issues related to the former Plainwell Paper site. The Plainwell Paper site contains over 250,000 sq. ft. of existing building space as well as 36 acres along the Kalamazoo River.





Mill Demolition – 2010
Mill Story Board
Building Feasibility Study
Blight Elimination
WWTP Demolition – 2012




Report: EPA Update – 6/2015
Mlive Article Fishing a potential Boom – 4/05/2015
Report: EPA Case Study – 2014
Report: Fishing for the Future U of M – 2012
Presentation: Fishing for the Future U of M – 2012
Article: City of Plainwell Awarded 1.3 Million dollars in Grants – 7/26/10
Article: Plainwell wins $1 million for paper-mill redevelopment project -12/17/09
Article: Brownfield of Dreams- Business Review – 1/24/08
Article: City of Plainwell acquires paper mill -11/2006

Public Meetings
Public Presentation – 10/24/16 Master Plan and Mill Site Update
Public Presentation – 12/17/14
Public Presentation – 12/11/14
Public Presentation: 12/01/14
Public Presentation – 12/12/12
Public Presentation – 7/16/11
Public Presentation – 11/12/10
Public Presentation – 5/19/09
Public Presentation – 3/11/08
Public Presentation – 11/3/07
Developers Forum – 1/31/07
Report: ERA Draft Market – 11/6/06



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