Dalton's first major manufacturing facility could soon be one of its trendiest places to shop and hang out.
The Mill at Crown Garden will hold its grand opening in mid-May, and developers promise something that will be unique to the city.
"It's a little more funky and urban than what Dalton is used to, but we want people to know they don't have to go to Chattanooga or to Atlanta for this type of experience," said Harper Carnes, one of the project designers for The Mill.
The Mill is being developed in about 25,000 square feet of the old Crown Mill at 825 Chattanooga Ave.
Built in 1885, the Crown Mill was the first major industrial facility in Dalton and one of the first cotton mills in this area of the state. The mill quickly grew to employ hundreds of people and was expanded several times during the next 20 years.
Developer and architect Lowell Kirkman bought the mill building around 15 years ago and turned part of it into loft apartments.
"They have been very successful. There's a waiting list to get in," he said.
The interior of the building features exposed brick walls, giving a look unlike other shopping areas in town. And the ...