3-3-2022 – Blue Bell brings quality housing to Lenoir

Posted on: March 3rd, 2022 by admin No Comments

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By NEWS-TOPIC STAFF

Mar 2, 2022

 

LENOIR — The Blue Bell at Lenoir Mills has recently started leasing units to residents.

 

Lenoir’s former Blue Bell garment manufacturing facility has been restored to National Park Service (NPS) historic standards and brings 46 beautiful market-rate apartments to downtown.

 

As of December 2021, 80% of the units have been rented.

 

“Blue Bell is an exciting project that couldn’t come at a better time,” said Deborah Murray, executive director of the Economic Development Commission. “Our businesses and industries are growing and much in need of new housing options for their prospective new employees … The units are new and trendy and perfect for folks new to the area.”

 

The Blue Bell occupies a special place in the hearts and memories of residents of Lenoir. Historically, the workforce was 95% female from the years before World War II. Blue Bell was a community within Lenoir until the closing of the plant in the early 1980s.

 

Bowling teams, beauty pageants, parade floats, and more are reflected in the permanent exhibition of historic photographs which line the upper level of the building’s grand corridor. The lower level features “pre-construction” and “during construction” photos that reflect the condition in which the building had been, and the amount of work required to restore the building to NPS standards.

 

Amenities include fiber Wi-Fi throughout the building, side-by-side washers and dryers, full kitchen packages, a fitness center, bike storage room, individual storage compartments for residents, and much more.

Developers Yorke Lawson and Tom Niemann of Blue Bell Lenoir, LLC worked closely with the city of Lenoir and the state government to assemble the necessary components for this restoration. The Blue Bell utilized both federal and N.C. State Historic tax credits in the financial structure of the project.

 

Presently, quality, market-rate housing is the biggest need in Lenoir and Caldwell County, and the Blue Bell demonstrates that prime housing in the downtown area is welcome and supported.

 

An opening event and formal ribbon cutting is projected for early April.

 

Visit bluebellatlenoirmills.com for more information.

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