Peer­less Mills has a new owner

Walker County Messenger - - Front Page - By Mike O’Neal mon­eal@npco.com

The 1 mil­lion square foot mill that once em­ployed more than 3,000 and was the heart of Rossville be­fore a dev­as­tat­ing fire on June 10, 1967, has been pur­chased by Steven Henry at auc­tion.

Henry’s win­ning bid of $125,000 was for the mill and its nearly 27-acre site was ac­cepted Thurs­day af­ter­noon, June 15, 2017, nearly an half-cen­tury since the mill’s clos­ing.

A builder and de­vel­oper, Henry also serves as chair­man of the Ca­toosa County Board of Com­mis­sion­ers and was un­able to at­tend the “walk through” of the mill due to be­ing out of town for com­mis­sion­ers train­ing.

“I got there five min­utes be­fore the auc­tion,” he said, adding that he was as sur­prised as any­one that his was the win­ning bid.

All qual­i­fied bid­ders were told the fa­cil­ity would ei­ther re­quired ren­o­va­tion to meet cur­rent codes or be de­mol­ished and its rub­ble be prop­erly dis­posed of.

Henry said he has no def­i­nite plans for the prop­erty, but is aware that there are is­sues con­cern­ing storm sew­ers, wa­ter lines and the pos­si­ble need for the abate­ment of as­bestos and other en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards.

“One of my dreams is to turn it into con­dos,” he said.

Whether or not that dream comes true — and noth­ing can move for­ward un­til af­ter the sale closes within the next three weeks — Henry views this as an op­por­tu­nity to bring a piece of history back to life.

“It will be a long term project,” he said. “I want it be part of the on­go­ing ef­forts to re­vi­tal­ize Rossville.”

Steven Hen

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