DOLGEVILLE - Charles Soukup wants to bring new life to the Dolgeville Mill, and he hopes an apartment complex is the way to do that.
The Dolgeville Mill is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was home to the Daniel Green Shoe Co. for many years, and Thomas Edison's first hydroelectric plant as well.
Soukup bought the mill in 2003 and put in an antiques store and a furniture store. Now he wants to convert the main building, a limestone structure, into 40 one- and two-bedroom apartments.
The Dolgeville Mill is shown Wednesday.
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"It's going to look like a factory," Soukup said. "A lot of what we're building is cut out of old lumber. We're using old wood from the factory wherever we can."
Built-in bookcases along the walls are made from old timbers. Stand-alone bookcases are made from wooden boxes that the shoe company used to package its products.
Soukup is building three model apartments. He hopes to have them completed by April.
One of the models has a kitchen in back, dining room and living room, all in line, with a bedroom off to the side. The bedroom is separated by walls and a door, but the other three areas are open. The kitchen has a bar-style counter with a thick concrete top. The living room contains a large flat-screen television, which can be viewed from the kitchen or the dining room as well as the living room.
"The apartments will have an open feeling," Soukup said. "We're mixing the new with the old. We want to keep the charm of the building."
Soukup said he is looking forward to opening the new apartment complex in April or May.
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