Belmont mill gets new life after near demolition

Belmont mill gets new life after near demolition

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte

WCNC.com

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 5:27 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 15 at 6:54 AM

BELMONT, N.C. -- An old Gaston County Mill gets new life after near demolition. 

The Chronicle Mill in Belmont was built in 1902, but later covered over by additions. 

Over the summer the building was purchased by Gaston resident John Church, who planned to tear the building down. 

However, when crews began the process, they realized they had a hidden gem.  

"Every time you peel a wall back you find something different.  You find things that haven't been seen in 20 to 30 years," said George Culver, owner of Applied Abatement Demolition and Trucking, the company hired to do the demolition. 

John Church decided to save the building. 

According to Church, "a lot of the components of the building, long leaf yellow pine from the virgin forests and the east coast of North Carolina, the clay from the river and the bricks are here are made on site. So, a lot of NC is in the building.” 

Belmont residents are fascinated by the old building. 

"I've had to watch myself and make sure I don't go off the road, cause I'm like, what's going on?" said Nicole Rogers.  "It would be neat to see anything.  I just hate to see old architecture go down," said longtime resident David Pierce. 

Pierce could get his wish. Church is considering several possibilities for the old mill. 

"We think that residential would be a big part of it.  We think that retail would be a big part of it.  I'd like there's a civic use here," said Church.  At this point,

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