The Hawley Silk Mill is developing a retail lifestyle center on the first floor of the building. Plans include boutique retail spaces with glass storefronts and unique tilt up doors. The entire space is being designed to have an upscale industrial feel to it while keeping historic elements of the building intact. Architect Peter Bohlin who designed the Apple Stores is designing the retail space. Mr. Bohlin and his firm Bohlin, Cywinski, Jackson are creating an upscale design for the historic building maintaining key features and integrating modern elements into the 120-year-old blue stone structure. The Silk Mill is the largest blue stone factory in the world and offers a destination retail center for the 2.4 million visitors that come to the Lake Region each year. In addition to Misc Essentials Kitchen Store opening in May 2011, the community has identified other key retail needs for the surrounding area which include:
Outfitter/Outdoor Store - outdoor gear, kayaks, bikes, camping gear & clothing
Men's Clothing Store - offering upscale casual men's clothing and swimwear
Women's Clothing Store - offering upscale casual women's wear including swim suits
Sports Store - primarily sports clothing with sporting goods
Pack & Ship Store - providing pack and ship services, office supplies, copy and fax services
Organic/Local Produce Market - featuring locally produced organic foods including wines, cheeses, breads, etc.
Home Accessories - could include home accessories, furniture, and other upscale products
Cellular Phone Store - phones, services, & accessories
Jewelry - upscale jewelry, watches and gifts
Antiques - upscale antique items
In addition to the first floor retail space, other ideas for areas of the building include:
Upscale Restaurant/Brick Oven Pizza/Martini Bar/Cabaret
The Hawley Silk Mill offers a unique opportunity for retail to locate at a one of a kind location and a National Register of Historic Places tourist destination.
To discuss retail opportunities or schedule a tour of the building, please call Mark Mitchell or Troy Bystrom at 855-795-SILK (7455).
Interested in leasing retail or office space at the Silk Mill? Talk to us about our lifestyle retail center vision. Download a copy of our leasing plan in PDF format by clicking here:
Community leaders predict the top 40 things that will affect Northeastern Pennsylvania in the next 40 years. The Hawley Silk Mill Project ranks in the Top 40. The adaptive reuse development will create hundreds of jobs generating over $7 million in salaries and is projected to contribute an additional $7 million yearly in economic benefits for the local economy. The Top 40 list was created by Happenings Magazine and released this month (December 2009).
The Silk Mill project has attracted Lackawanna College as a tenant/partner and is working to develop technology jobs, prevent brain drain, promote alternative energy, and create an entrepreneur and business incubator. Lackawanna College will offer 2+2 programs in Hawley which will allow students to pursue a four year degree with University and College Partners. For more information on Lackawanna College, please visit http://www.lackawanna.edu.
Architect Peter Bohlin has been awarded his profession's highest honor, the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal. The award is given to individual architects whose work has a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Mr. Bohlin joins previous gold medal recipients such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Thomas Jefferson, and Frank Gehry.
Mr. Bohlin is the founder of Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson, a 200 member practice, with offices in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania and is the architect of record for the Hawley Silk Mill project.
"One behalf of the entire Hawley Silk Mill team, we congratulate Mr. Bohlin on receiving this award and are pleased to be working with him on this project", stated Hawley Silk Mill Project Executive, Troy Bystrom.
In the photograph at the left, Mr. Bohlin discusses the Hawley Silk Mill Project with architects Nick Snyder and David Koschak.
Friday, November 20th, 2009
Hawley, PA - At a community outreach event held in Hawley, Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 19th, Lackawanna College announced plans to open a Hawley Center in the Hawley Silk Mill Building by fall of 2010.
With initial plans to lease 7500 square feet, Lackawanna College plans to offer all 23 of its current degree programs at the new location. In addition to the existing programs, a number of new degrees are being considered including Hotel & Restaurant Management, Recreational Management, and even the possibility of a Sales Institute. The college expects to grow quickly occupying the entire 16,000 square feet available on the third floor. The name of the new center is still to be determined.
Hawley Silk Mill Partner John Shuman stated, “We are pleased to partner with Lackawanna College to bring education to the Borough of Hawley. We purchased the building with the intent of creating a project that would provide education, jobs, and economic growth to the region. We couldn’t stand by and allow this historic anchor building in our community to become a mini-warehouse. Lackawanna College shares our vision for the property and we are excited to work with them to create a new education center in this historic landmark.”
Borough Council President, Don Kyzer remarked, “On behalf of the Borough of Hawley, our community, and all residents, the council welcomes you to our community and we look forward to working with Lackawanna College to provide educational opportunities to our residents. We pledge our full support.”
Lackawanna College President, Ray Angeli stated, “We are coming to Hawley and will open the doors of our new Hawley Center by fall of 2010. We are excited by the many possibilities the new location will offer.”
Community support for Lackawanna College is very high with several local businesses pledging to work with the College to tailor programs to train employees in several industry sectors. Many businesses and residents pledged to help acquire equipment, develop programs, fundraise, and even lend their expertise and experience to teach at Lackawanna College.
For more information on Lackawanna College visit www.lackawanna.edu or contact Chris Kucharski at 570-961-7856. To learn more about the Hawley Silk Mill adaptive reuse project, visit www.hawleysilkmill.com or call Project Executive, Troy Bystrom at 646-236-3400.
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