|Chalmers Knitting Mill as shown at right on this vintage post card.|
The city is in the final stages of finalizing a deal with an Indiana developer to develop the former Chalmers Knitting Mill site on the south side of city, a 3.25-acre plot of land across the Mohawk River at the foot of the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook pedestrian bridge.
Mayor Michael Villa said the city has been in talks with KCG Development for more than a year on a mixed-use development with residential housing and commercial space, according to a story in the Daily Gazette that says:
"While the project is in the early design and study phase, Villa said preliminary plans call for 60 housing units with a 10,000- to 15,000-square-foot banquet facility. The residential units and banquet facility will be built above the flood wall on the south side of the Mohawk River, and will afford views of the river and downtown Amsterdam. The raised structure will be built to accommodate parking on the ground floor, Villa said." A second phase would include an additional 60 housing units to be built."
The project would incorporate the pedestrian bridge and the nearby Erie Canalway Trail, the newspaper reported, and city officials also are hoping for a boardwalk-style component to be built that runs along the waterfront, and the addition of an outdoor space that can accommodate a farmers' market.
Chalmers Knitting Mills was built in 1913 and expanded in 1916, according to Wikipedia. The original section is a four-story, brick building. The 1916 addition was a seven-story, steel frame and reinforced concrete building with concrete block. The addition was set at a near-right angle to the original section, giving the building an L-shaped footprint. The mill produced undergarments and remained in operation under the Chalmers name until the founders death in 1959. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010." The mill was demolished in 2011.
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