Woodside Mill annexed into city – again

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The Woodside Mill is being annexed into the City of Greenville — again.

The City Council had approved the annexation and zoned the property as Planned Development a year ago but a change in the corporate form of the property owner necessitated it be done over again.

The new annexation and rezoning needs one more vote before it is final.

Woodside Mill was once the largest cotton mill under one roof in the world. According to a planned development agreement that accompanied the annexation and rezoning ordinance, Woodside Mill Properties LLC wants to turn the mill property into approximately 300 for-rent residential units, office space, an event venue, retail, and a brewery or restaurants.

Previously, one of the developers said the project would be similar to one at Loray Mill in Gastonia.

Both Woodside and Loray Mill opened in 1902. Loray was the site of one of the most infamous strikes in American labor history. The Communist Textiles Workers Union led the Loray Mill strike in 1929 that resulted in the death of Gastonia Police Chief Orville Aderholt and worker’s rights activist Ella May Wiggins. Firestone later produced woven tire cord at the plant for decades. The mill closed in 1993 when Firestone built a new plant in Kings Mountain.

According to the planned development agreement, the developer will make an investment of at least $35 million in the project.

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