New Life for an Old Mill

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.

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What's New

What are the tools to achieve racial equity in Maine? For teens in Lewiston, it's coaching to become leaders and role models for a growing immigrant community. Read the story of Tree Street Youth and other People of Color Fund grant recipients in our new report.

Real Time blog: The “Music that Moves Me” audio diaries on MPBN this month are about memories sparked by a song, an album, an adagio. How about some lyrics sung on a summer vacation on the shores of Lake Pocomoonshine? Read
"Once I Married a Tattooed Lady," June 22, 2015.

Saving history: The Troy community has banded together to restore a 175-year-old church. Read about their work, accomplished with support from the Maine Steeples Project and Belvedere Historic Preservation Fund.


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