CHAGRIN FALLS -- It's taken five years, but developers in Chagrin Falls say they're ready to start converting the old Ivex paper mill property on the village's east side into a mixed-use development.
It's what can happen when private interests, cities and states all work together to "See the Possible."
It may not look like much now but a paper mill nestled along the Chagrin River is steeped in history. Standing in Chagrin Falls since 1841, the industrial relic is soon to be re-purposed.
Spillway LLC is a development group led by three Chagrin Falls residents -- developer Bob Darden of The Darden Group; Darren Wyville; and Chagrin Falls Firefighter Bill Phillips.
The group plans to preserve and renovate as many of the existing 28 buildings in the complex as they can.
Darden said, "There's going to be two restaurants, very family friendly, a microbrewery with a tap room to sample the beers, we're going to have a small theater for small concerts and movies, plus office space."
Redeveloping a part of history has its advantages.
The property was placed on the National Historic Registry which made it eligible for the federal tax credit and the state tax credit.
The demolition and reconstruction work -- and there's a lot that needs to be done -- could start in 30 to 45 days, once again filling these buildings with workers.
They anticipate, with all the businesses coming in, about 100 jobs to start, permanent jobs, and during the construction, they will probably have 75 construction jobs over the 12-month schedule.
A few of the buildings will be demolished to make way for parking, but all in all, the historic feel will remain.
Chagrin Falls is a destination place, it always has been. The developers just want to make that star a little bit bigger and include this project, a project on the verge of turning the possible into reality.