NORTH ADAMS — The city's Historical Commission has signed off on the first phase of renovations to the Greylock Mill on State Road.
The former Cariddi Mill was purchased earlier this year by New York City-based developers Latent Productions, whose principals, Salvatore Perry and Karla Rothstein, hope to transform the 340,000-square-foot complex it into artisan workspaces, event space, a restaurant, hotel and residential spaces.
The first phase of the renovation will revitalize what is known as the weave shed, the eastern portion of the complex, into Greylock Works — a space largely focused on artisan food production.
"I'm very pleased that they're redoing and reusing the mill and not tearing it down," said commission member Wendy Champney. "I support it 100 percent."
The commission unanimously approved the first phase of renovations, with member Alan Horbal abstaining. The board also sent a letter requesting that the developers provide commission members with a tour of the facility.
The city's Planning Board approved the first phases of the project in October.
Additional phases of the renovation, including the eventual planned residential and hotel spaces at the west end of the complex, will be reviewed by the commission at a later date.
The project also will be reviewed by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which had held off on issuing an opinion until it heard from the local commission.
Chairwoman Justyna Carlson noted that the initial plans call for very few changes to the exterior of the building. The only significant adjustment is the installation of a new door on the side of the building that faces Protection Avenue.
The developer's plans also call for the construction of a greenhouse atop the flat roof section of the weave shed.
Reading a letter written by Stephen McNair, a Historic Preservation consultant and founder of Alabama-based McNair Historic Preservation, Carlson said the proposed plans for the weave shed will preserve the existing historic characteristics of the space, including all walls and interior details.
"I don't see anything really adverse to the whole thing," said commission member Darrell English. "I think if they're going to recycle the whole building and do something else, God love them."