The buildings will be transformed into what they looked like many decades ago, when the big windows faced B Street on either side, and also looked out on the Great Miami River.
This historic photo of the Champion Paper Mill shows how many windows the facility once had. Bricked over now, they will be reopened as part of the Spooky Nook at Champion Mill project.
“It’ll be stunning,” Beiler said. “You’ll have soaring windows 30 feet high and 15 feet wide. So wherever there was an opening with a window, it’ll be reopened. The building will be full of natural light, and it’s going to be an incredible building. For a convention center, it’s going to be stunning.”
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That’s Mill 2, the building closest to the river, which will house a hotel and convention center, with large banquet areas, a restaurant and most likely, some retail businesses facing B Street whose names Beiler said will be recognizable.
The former Mill 1, on the west side of B Street, is where the gigantic sports facilities will be. It also will have its large original window spaces, but with netting that protects them from wayward balls.
Construction of Spooky Nook at Champion Mill is expected to take 2 to 2½ years.