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Historic Massachusetts textile mill gets new life as vibrant, mixed-income riverfront residences.

Looking over the Nashua River in the city of Fitchburg, MA, the Fitchburg Yarn Co.’s 182,500-sq.-ft., three-story brick building churned out more than 3.5-million miles of yarn each week from 1907 through the 1970’s. One of the 16 textile manufacturers whose operations formed a vital thread in the economy of this northern Massachusetts industrial city, the building’s 95,000 spindles were also among the first in the U.S. to spin Rayon. This and other innovations placed the Fitchburg Yarn mill at the forefront of the American textile industry and kept the local economy afloat through the Great Depression.

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    Adapting historic buildings for new uses makes both environmental and economic sense. Two significant trends in the United States are converging to ease the strain for building space. One is the conversion of use – taking advantage of existing structures... read more

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    Mosaic Online

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