NORTH ADAMS -- The Cariddi family has put their massive mill on State Road in North Adams up for sale.
The former cotton mill, built in 1804 and substantially expanded in 1870, boasts several sections ranging from one to four floors with 13 existing tenants.
The family, which bought the structure in 1976, is asking $1.2 million through listing agent Kim Burnham of Burnham Gold. It has been on the market since Oct. 1.
"I think this is one of the better looking mill buildings because of the unique architecture," said state Rep. Gailanne Cariddi, who co-owns the building with her sister, Antoinette Cariddi.
Their father, James V. Cariddi, bought the structure in 1976 and used it as a base of operations for his wholesale toy distribution business. The elder Cariddi died last year at 96.
Antoinette Cariddi noted that the wholesale toy market has significantly receded in recent years due to big box department stores and Internet toy sales.
The Cariddi sisters are hoping to find a buyer with a creative vision for developing the mill, which has potential for a wide variety of uses -- including residential, office, commercial and retail -- all at the same time.
The sale of the building does not include the wholesale toy business, but does include 6.5 acres of property on both sides of State Road.
"This building represents the mill history of North Adams," Gailanne Cariddi said. "It's about the reuse of a good structure. It can easily be converted for a number of uses, has great visibility on a main road, and enjoys wonderful scenic views from the upper floors."
James Cariddi was meticulous about maintaining the building, his daughters noted. A few years back, he had new roofing installed, and the structure has fire suppression sprinklers throughout.
"He really put a lot of money into this building," Antoinette Cariddi said. "When he found that something needed to be done, he did it."
The mill was originally known as the Greylock Mills. As a cotton mill, it was home to 57,000 spindles and more than 1,200 looms and employed hundreds of workers over the years. It operated from the early 1800s into the 1900s. The building also has served as an aluminum manufacturing facility, once housed a fine lace weaving operation, a wallpaper manufacturing firm, and today houses a number of low-impact uses, like the antique store, an art gallery and a maker of nets for lacrosse sticks.
Antoinette Cariddi said the mill has wide appeal: Intrigued passersby wander in about once a week hoping to go through the structure.
"I'm confident that there is somebody out there with a higher use for this building in mind," Gailanne Cariddi said. "My father used to say that Route 2 is a magic highway -- thousands of people drive by here every day. One of them might just have the right vision for this old mill."
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