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Location DB > United States > North Carolina > Charlotte > Johnston and Mecklenburg Mills
Johnston and Mecklenburg Mills
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created by never_sleep on 5/6/2007 4:46 AM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 12/30/2018 2:44 PM
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There are four buildings that make up this complex, two main mill buildings and two smaller buildings; one of the latter may still be in use for storage or somesuch. The other three are easily accessible. There is also a former mill foreman's house in the middle, facing Mecklenburg Mills.

This school sits smack in the middle of what is known as the North Davidson Arts district, where many galleries, restaurants, and music venues such as the Evening Muse and the Neighborhood Theater are. There are a few sculptures along the sidewalk in front of the former Mecklenburg Mills. The buildings have been empty since 2006 at the latest, when they were condemned.

Best time to check it out would be a weekend afternoon when the streets of the area are busy- blending in would be no problem.

Scrappers have literally took EVERY inch of copper out. Tearing the place apart. Hobo and druggie camps everywhere with a lot of debris and bat shit. VERY SCARY at night. Some buildings are very bland and just a lot of shit everywhere.

As of 3/19/14 the Mill is completely inaccessible, all points of entry were sealed off.

 Basic Information
Type: Buildings
Status: Repurposed - Loft Apartments
Accessibility: Do not bother trying
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
3327 N Davidson St.
Charlotte, North Carolina
United States
Owner: The Community Builders
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  •  Hazards
  • glass, debris, crack needles
  •  Interesting Features
    Boxing gym, chimney, original water tower.

    aurelie's note-
    you can access the roof of one of the buildings via a lovely rusty metal ladder. there is also a basement, but it is most likely home to a number of crack-fiends.
     Security Measures
  • wooden boarding
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1903
    Closed: 0
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    The main building closer to 36th street began as Johnston Mills in 1916; it closed in 1975, effectively ending North Charlotte's textile industry, and changed ownership several times, primarily being used as warehouse space.

    Mecklenburg Mills (the building across from 37th street) was built in 1905, with the mill village lining 37th street; the water tower for the mill still stands at the edge of the village directly across from the building. It later changed ownership and became known as Mercury Mills before being bought by Johnston; mill operations at Mecklenburg ceased in 1969.

    The mills changed hands again in 1980 and 1990, when they were purchased with the intent to convert them into low-income apartments. When the buildings were condemned due to termite damage in 2006, the City of Charlotte took over ownership.

    In early 2011, the city put the mills up for sale and a bidding war quickly ensued after a nonprofit called The Community Builders put in a bid for just $610k for both properties. Weeks later they were up to a winning bid of $1.24mil and then sat on the properties for a year and a half. In September of 2012 they contacted the city saying that the properties needed more work than they had realized, including the fact that, "a lot of the wood has started to dry out and crack." They are now asking the city to pay them $2.3mil to continue developing the properties.

    The complex has also housed a boxing academy and daycare, among other businesses over the years.
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     Future Plans
    Sometime before Spring 2015 is was completely remodeled and converted to condos.

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    Camera Phone
    Sat, Aug 4th, 2007
    posted by never_sleep
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    quick exterior shots
    Sat, Nov 17th, 2007
    posted by solstice
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    photography shot on-site
    Thu, Dec 4th, 2008
    posted by aurelie
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    Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
    posted by flux
    16 pictures

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    Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
    posted by flux
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 12/30/2018 2:45 PM.

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  • on Dec 30 18 at 14:45, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Dec 30 18 at 14:44, Emperor Wang changed the following: Street Address, History, Interesting Features
  • on Dec 30 18 at 14:43, Emperor Wang made this location public
  • on Dec 29 18 at 16:40, Scaggs changed the following: Status
  • on Feb 12 18 at 19:33, Explorer Zero validated this location
  • on Feb 12 18 at 19:28, Xaq Fixx changed the following: Street Address, Latitude, Longitude, Co-ordinate Accuracy, History, Status, Hazards, Recommendation, Security Measures, Required Equipment, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
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  • on Mar 20 14 at 3:58, flyingwhale changed the following: Accessibility, Security Measures, Description
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  • on Sep 13 12 at 19:10, solstice changed the following: Owner, History, Year Built, Media Coverage, Future Plans, Web Links
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