CIL was designated as the developer of the historic Kenyon Mill through an RFP selection process conducted by the Town of Coventry. Town officials were looking to preserve this blighted, vacant structure and increase housing density in its village district. Town staff, boards, and commissions were cooperative during the approval and permitting process, which included zoning amendments, wetlands approval, and P&Z Commission approval. CIL deeded 5 acres of the parcel to the town as a conservation area.
This adaptive reuse of the vacant, historic mill and construction of new townhouse units presented several challenges. These included environmental and flood plain issues, which are common in redeveloping old mill sites that are usually located along waterways. CIL completed the environmental remediation as the “certifying party” under the state’s Transfer Act. CIL secured FEMA approval of a map revision that removed most of the property (and all the buildings) from the 100-year flood plain.
- Final townhomes completed in 2017
- Four separate buildings
- There are 34 total units