On October 10, our design team joined DePaul to celebrate the grand opening of the Knitting Mill Apartments, located in the Village of Perry, NY. The project is located at the previously vacant, historic Perry Knitting Mill, which was repurposed into a $17M, 48-unit affordable and supportive apartment building. It was also recently certified as LEED for Homes Silver by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The challenging adaptive reuse project included a two-story, 21,000 SF addition onto the existing three-story 36,000 SF brick mill building. The mill received a complete rehab, including masonry repair, brick repointing and new energy efficient, factory-style windows. Inside, the exposed heavy timber framing was used as a design element, echoed in the lobby where new and old designs meet. All entries and common areas are handicapped accessible and include a community room, computer lounge, laundry, elevator, and tree-filled courtyard.
The building consists of 48 affordable one-and two-bedroom apartments. More than half of the units are set aside for those with a history of homelessness and eligible for onsite supportive services that offer job training and promote stability, health and independent living.
“Knitting Mill Apartments is a transformative project, breathing new life into an underutilized remnant of the Perry Knitting Mill, and creating a new community of 48 affordable and supportive apartments,” said Project Manager Dan Glading, AIA. “This project brings a supply of much-needed high quality accessible affordable housing to the area, and represents a significant investment in the ongoing renewal of the Village and Town of Perry. SWBR is proud to have been partners with LECESSE Construction to make DePaul’s vision a reality.”