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Historic Paper Mill Reimagined

By Kathy Gibbons

The Mill at Vicksburg
The Mill at Vicksburg || Courtesy of Paper City Development LLC

An abandoned paper mill in Vicksburg, near Kalamazoo, is getting new life. Paper City Development envisions The Mill at Vicksburg as a world-class hospitality destination, with a brewery and taproom, boutique hotel, meeting spaces, and a museum. Director of Design Rebecca Luong says the 400,000-square-foot main building has been undergoing stabilization and preparation. Vicksburg native Chris Moore, who owns a brewery in Seattle, Washington, saved the property from demolition when he bought it in 2014.

“He leaned on this concept of beer, music, and events,” Luong explains. “In our region … we have this aggregate of wonderful breweries, and why not add to that mix?”

Luong says they launched a wildflower meadow project to help bring the place to life, noting, “The new plantings give us a total of 21 acres of restored habitat.” The public can learn more at the Visitor Center in downtown Vicksburg.