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Sanford Mill #1, Sanford

Sanford Mill #1, Sanford

Sanford Mill BEFORE    Sanford Mill AFTER

Sanford Mill #1 is a 66,000sf former textile mill building established by Thomas Goodall in 1867. Located a short distance east of downtown, the Mill is a contributing resource to the Sanford Mills Historic District.

The building is part of a cohesive collection of historic manufacturing buildings that formerly comprised the main mill yard of the Sanford Mills Company.

In 2006, following years of vacancy and decay, the owner began to dismantle and demolish the structure. Deeply concerned, the town of Sanford contacted Northland Enterprises to see if they could band together to save the Mill.

Through eminent domain, the town sold the Mill to Northland Enterprises which agreed to clean up the existing environmental contamination and rehabilitate the property. When they took it over, the building was a brick shell with, as they described it a “swiss cheese roof.” Northland determined to create 36 income-restricted apartment units and 22,000 square feet of commercial space. They financed with a combination of local, state and federal sources.

The redevelopment scope included masonry re-pointing, roof replacement, installing new historic floor decking replacement, and replica windows. In addition, the building underwent a comprehensive dehumidification and lead abatement program.

Thanks to Northland, Archetype Architects and Wright Ryan Construction for their creativity and vision. This project is the first of the Sanford Mills to be revitalized; giving confidence to the town and to future developers. Maine Preservation is pleased to present a 2013 Honor Award for the adaptive use of the Sanford Mill #1.

Receiving the award are:

Principal Rex Bell of Northland Enterprises.  Principal Josh Benthien could not join us this eveningAlso from Northland: Ellen Thompson, Brad Fries and TC Haffenreffer
David Lloyd, Sally Anderson & Kevin Gough, Archetype Architects
John Ryan, Rodney Collard &  Marc Bourgeois, Wright-Ryan ConstructionMike O’Reilly, Bangor Savings Bank

George Gervais, Commissioner, Maine Department of Economic & Community Development

Christine Beard, Tremont Preservation Services [see more next page]

Also acknowledged with certificates are:City of Sanford

Mechanical Systems Engineers

Bartlett Design

Deluca-Hoffman Associates

Structural Design Consultants

Bill Gawrych, RubinBrown

Drew Anderson, Murray Plumb Murray

Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission

Tax Credit Capital


Protect & Sell Program

McCulloch House The historically and architecturally significant Hugh McCulloch House in Kennebunk, constructed ca. 1782, is now for sale for the first time since 1801, through our Protect & Sell Program! Read more about the McCulloch House in our Historic Real Estate listings.

Honor Awards

Maine Preservation's 20th Honor AwardsIMG_1305 Will be held on Tuesday, November 7th

from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Portland Country Club

Celebrate extraordinary Preservation project around the state.



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