Long-awaited Chronicle Mill redevelopment in Belmont reaches grand opening

BELMONT, N.C. — John and Jennifer Church bought the Chronicle Mill site in Belmont in 2013. Over the last decade, plans for its redevelopment have shifted, hurdles arose on numerous fronts, and a global pandemic delayed a planned construction start that was years in the making.

This week, the couple and its development team celebrated the grand opening of the adaptive-reuse project, and John Church reflected on the journey that led to that moment.

The owners of the mill teamed up with Armada Hoffler Properties Inc. (NYSE: AHH) in 2018 to develop the Chronicle Mill project. It now includes 238 apartments, 9,000 square feet of commercial space and a coworking component on a 7-acre site neighboring downtown Belmont.

The mill building dates back over 120 years and is critical to Belmont’s history. The development team joined with Belmont and Gaston County officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday to tout the resurrection of an important catalyst to the community.

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