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Developer Considers Hampden White Hall Mill Project

Terra Nova Ventures, which is redeveloping the nearby Mill No. 1, has presented conceptual plans for the project.

Developer Considers Hampden White Hall Mill Project

Terra Nova Ventures, who are currently redeveloping Mill No. 1 into a mixed-use development in Hampden, has its eye on developing a building just up the Jones Falls that is being called the White Hall Mill.

David Tufaro, Tera Nova Ventures principal, said the project to turn the mid-19th Century cotton mill into a mix of apartments, retail space and possibly a "family beer garden," is still in the conceptual phase.

"It’s got similarities [to Mill No. 1] but we’re looking for a little different approach," Tufaro said.

The White Hall Mill, as it's being called now, was originally called Clipper Mill but another nearby mill development has taken that name. It is longer than Mill No. 1 and only two stories high.

The building is currently about 100,000 square feet, but the redevelopment plans envision the space as 70,000 square feet, and one-third of that would be for apartments, Tufaro said.

He described the setting of White Hall as being more "pastoral."

The company recently approached the Hampden Community Council about the project and has had some informal technical meetings with the city about the project.

"I think [Hampden residents have] been very happy with what we’ve done on Mill No. 1," Tufaro said.

Mill No. 1 Update

The mixed-use Mill No. 1 is expected to be complete sometime by mid to late summer, Tufaro said.

The company will begin signing leases on apartments this weekend in a trailer, and interested residents can even slap on a hard hat and look around the project.

The company also just signed its first lease for office space with Evergreen Health Cooperative, a nonprofit aimed at expanding access to healthcare. It’s founder is Dr. Peter Beilenson, the former Baltimore city health commissioner.    

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