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Continued: Developer working to restore treasured Pillsbury A Mill

  • Article by: JIM BUCHTA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 31, 2014 - 5:02 PM

A: Yes, interested tenants can still sign up for our interest list at www.amillartistlofts.com. We will kick off formal lease-up activities, including the launch of an updated and revamped website, sometime in June or July. At that point, prospective residents will be able to view floor plans online, select an apartment, and put a deposit down to reserve their desired apartment — all on a first-come, first-served basis.

Q: When will you start notifying prospective residents?

A: A firm date has not been set, but it will be sometime in June or July.

Q: Have you discovered any treasures worth saving?

A: The 1881-built limestone A Mill is the main treasure.

Q: When the building was an operating mill, river water was diverted into the basement of the building to power the mill; that tail race is still flowing through the building. At last check, you’d hoped to make that a feature of the building. Any progress on that front?

A: Yes, as you know the mill was built here in Minneapolis to utilize the power of St. Anthony Falls by directing some flow from the ­Mississippi River through the building to mechanically power the flour mill. We are planning a hydrothermal heating and cooling system utilizing the river water as a heat sink. We are also exploring renewable-energy ­production. We are looking into the possibility of producing a small amount of hydroelectricity to reduce our carbon footprint and help offset our electricity consumption. We will never be able to be “off the grid,” but every little bit would help.

Jim Buchta • 612-673-7376

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  • Supports have been erected to hold scaffolding near the top of the Pillsbury A Mill, which was the world’s largest flour mill when it was built.

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