It was, in a word, an eyesore: boarded windows, peeling paint, and missing bricks – a symbol of economic loss in the heart of Dover-Foxcroft.
The Mayo Mill closed in 2007 after providing jobs in wool and wood manufacturing for 163 years. The end of its manufacturing life was a major blow to this small Piscataquis County community that for generations looked to the mill for its livelihood.
Thanks to investors who saw promise in this historic complex, the Mayo Mill will reopen its doors soon with a new mission. The multi-building facility will bring 42 new jobs to Dover-Foxcroft and house eight businesses, including a boutique hotel and café; 22 market-rate apartments; a year-round farmers market; and a data center with expanded broadband Internet access.
The $12.4-million project’s financing includes $200,000 in MaineCF donor impact-investing funds, deployed in a collaboration with Coastal Enterprises, Inc. Located on the banks of the Piscataquis River, the mill’s geothermal heating and cooling make it a model for environmentally friendly redevelopment.
For future tenants, it’s a dream come true – an opportunity to live with history that’s personal and neighbors who share their passion for a special place in one of Maine’s most storied mill towns.