Spooky Nook Sports delay: Meeting spaces nearly complete, sports side pushed back

Completion of Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill, known as Mill 1 (pictured), won't be completed now until September, according to officials. Pictured is Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill on North B Street in Hamilton on June 7, 2022. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

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Completion of Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill, known as Mill 1 (pictured), won't be completed now until September, according to officials. Pictured is Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill on North B Street in Hamilton on June 7, 2022. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/STAFF

HAMILTON — Half of the Spooky Nook at Champion Mill project is experiencing another delay, according to the company.

Completion of Spooky Nook Sports Champion Mill, known as Mill 1, has been delayed until September. Company officials announced the delay Monday morning in a Facebook post after being informed by the general contractor.

“We are still aggressively pressing to improve this timeline, although we have limited control of the construction process,” to the June 6 Facebook post. “We will be sure to announce updates as we get them. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to continuing our introduction into the Hamilton community.”

Spooky Nook Champion Mill Conference Center, also known as Mill 2, is “progressing nicely,” according to the Facebook post.

Spooky Nook spokeswoman Mackenzie Bender told the Journal-News they “are still aggressively pressing to improve this timeline, although we have limited control of the construction process. We will be sure to announce updates as we get them, which should be in the near future.”

Mill 2 had been expected to be completed before Mill 1, company officials previously told the Journal-News. In the last update from Spooky Nook officials, Mill 1 was expected to be completed by late summer.

The $165 million development bisects North B Street, which just reopened on Friday to through traffic after being closed for two years. The 1.2 million-square-foot development features a convention center and hotel on the east side of the road (Mill 2) and a multi-sport and event complex on the west side (Mill 1).

The complex was always intended to open in phases. The hotel, known as the Warehouse Hotel, opened some of its rooms early in May, and when fully operational, will have 233 rooms available.

The complex is also to be home to several second locations Hamilton businesses, including Sara’s House, Petals & Wicks, and Municipal Brew Works. There will also be some unique shops inside the complex, as well as the Forklift & Palate Restaurant, an eatery that’s at the original Spooky Nook in Pennsylvania.

Spooky Nook is a renovation of the former Champion Paper Mill.

The news of the delay in opening Mill 1 comes on the heels of Spooky Nook at Champion Mills’ first large-scale event, last month’s Play Ball Gala hosted by the Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce. Spooky Nook officials expressed gratitude to the chamber and those who participated in the Play Ball Gala.

Right now, the focus will be on getting Mill 2 open.

“At this time, our hotel is open as well as most of our meeting space. In the coming weeks, you’ll see the rest of the meeting space completed,” according to Spooky Nook officials.

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