Woolen Mills (factory)

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The Woolen Mills factory began in 1830 as a combination wool, cotton, flour and lumber mill until it closed in 1962. [1]

The site will be the new home of WillowTree when renovations are completed in the middle of 2020. [2] [3]

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1896 insurance map of Woolen Mill complex


Developer Brian Roy crafted and implemented plans to convert the site into a mixed-use development. To do so, he needed a rezoning from the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors as well an amendment of the County's Comprehensive Plan. [4]

Supervisors granted preliminary approval, but Roy needed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to agree to a revision of the flood map to allow the project to proceed. [5]

The Albemarle Planning Commission endorsed a rezoning and a steep slopes waiver in March 2017. [6] The Board of Supervisors approved the rezoning in May. [7]

Governor Ralph Northam announced the investment of $12.3 million to create new jobs at the site. That includes a $500,000 grant from the Commonwealth Opportunity Fund and $1.5 million from a Virginia Economic Development Incentive Grant. Another incentive involves the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. [2]

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The project will also include a 12,000 square foot event space, brewery and restaurant. [8]


  1. Print: Woolen Mills closing left a huge void in the town, David A. Maurer, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises 28 Aug 2011, Page .
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Governor Northam Announces 200 New Jobs in Albemarle County, Albemarle County, Albemarle County, August 27, 2018, retrieved August 28, 2018.
  3. Web. Developer hopes to complete construction of Woolen Mills project by April, Annie Schroeder, News Article, NBC29, February 18, 2020, retrieved February 25, 2020.
  4. Web. Albemarle supervisors ponder jobs versus homes in Woolen Mills project, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow, retrieved February 12, 2015.
  5. Web. Couple launching business to get people and community onto Rivanna River, Charlottesville Tomorrow, April 2, 2016, retrieved May 18, 2016.
  6. Web. Woolen Mills redevelopment endorsed by Albemarle panel, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 25, 2017, retrieved December 28, 2017.
  7. Web. Woolen Mills revival project takes big step forward, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, May 11, 2017, retrieved December 29, 2017.
  8. Web. Brewery, event space, restaurant planned for Woolen Mills, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, World Media Enterprises, April 28, 2019, retrieved April 29, 2019.

Coordinates:Erioll world.svg.png 38°01′10″N 78°27′22″W / 38.0195°N 78.4562°W / 38.0195; -78.4562