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Progress made on Gish Mill redevelopment

Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:50 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - After nearly $469,000 awarded from state grants, the town of Vinton’s redevelopment of the historic Gish Mill is making progress and uncovering some vintage treasures along the way.

“It was a pretty amazing feat to build this mill in the first place and so we want to preserve that history,” says developer Dave Trinkle, standing beside his partner Dave Hill.

The duo saw the potential of the centuries-old mill years ago when they agreed to take on the project, now, the first steps of the rehab and repair process have begun.

The structure that has sat vacant for over ten years is currently planned to become a hub for local dining, entertainment, and lodging. A multi-use location, designed to be a restaurant overlooking Glade Creek, apartments, a marketplace, and more.

“Part of the parcel is a really cool basement that has huge stone boulder foundation part of the original mill,” explains Trinkle. “We’ll make that a speakeasy bar, music sort of venue so live music upstairs and downstairs.”

The project is expected to create 37 full and part-time jobs, making the location an attraction for residents and visitors that preserves the mill, while giving new life to a historical landmark in the community.

“They’re willing to give rebates back on because they know the importance to the economy,” says Trinkle. “They have a lot of weddings out here and people need places to stay.”

Crews began clearing out the building of unwanted materials this month, but many remnants from the past will be re-purposed by local artists and incorporated into the decor.

Contractors are tentatively scheduled to begin stabilizing the structure in August.

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