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Windsor Town Board approves incentives for Windsor Mill project

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

An ATF agent examines the front of the charred Windsor Mill on the north side of the building.

WINDSOR — The Windsor Mill, which burned down in an intentionally set fire last August, is one step closer to being rebuilt.

When the fire was started at the mill, at 3rd and Main streets, Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc. was in the midst of a renovation project and had plans for the building to include a brewery, tavern and community event space.

The Windsor Town Board authorized the town attorney Monday night to offer an economic incentive package in partnership with the Windsor Downtown Development Authority for the Windsor Mill's reconstruction.

Town officials agreed to a $1.84 million contribution toward public capital and facade improvements on the mill, with an additional $500,000 from the Downtown Development Authority.

The amounts agreed upon in the incentive package are the same as was previously approved before the August 2017 fire, said Ian McCargar, town attorney for Windsor.

While the agreement was not finalized at Monday night's meeting, the board authorized McCargar to offer the agreement to the Downtown Development authority and Blue Ocean.

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If the Downtown Development Authority and Blue Ocean accept the terms of the incentive package, the agreement will be brought back to the town board to be finalized, McCargar said.

It had to be revisited by both the town board and the Downtown Development Authority board, which will decide whether or not to approve the incentives at its May meeting, because after the fire the scope of the mill project changed from a four-story building to a two-story building, McCargar said.

According to a spokesman for Blue Ocean, but some aspects of the project had to be altered because the company is working within different building codes.

The economic incentive package also waives $128,000 in permit-related fees for the project, which, before the fire, was estimated by the Downtown Development Authority to cost more than $9 million.

The new building's construction is contingent upon an agreement being reached McCargar said, so its construction hasn't started yet. If the agreement is accepted by everyone involved, McCargar said, it will help jumpstart the project.

For more

To read more about the Windsor Mill, the fire and the redevelopment project, go to bit.ly/WindsorMillFire.