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Old Furniture Mill Being Converted Into Assisted Living Apartments

The Heywood Wakefield furniture manufacturing mill has been sitting at 206 Central Street in Gardner, Massachusetts, since 1863, and at one time it was the largest furniture company in the world. However the building has been vacant since the late 1970′s when the Heywood-Wakefield Company filed for bankruptcy. Luckily it was added to the National Historic Register in 1983, so that this building would have a chance to survive and become preserved as part of Massachusetts history. Although things did not go well for the old building after becoming part of the National Historic Register, as it was condemned by the city of Gardner in 2006. later in 2007 there was a sizable portion of the building that collapsed, resulting in debris on part of Pine Street below, which had to be closed until the building was stabilized. Despite all of the ups and downs for the old furniture manufacturing mill, things are turning around for the positive.

Recently there was a celebration at the old mill to mark the start of a $24 million construction project, which is turning the old building into Heywood Wakefield Assisted Living Complex. The new facility will have 78 affordable assisted-living rental apartments for seniors, and create over 100 construction jobs to complete the project. Utilizing old buildings, to create new senior living facilities has become a common occurrences across the U.S., as states look to ways to save money while taking care of their aging population. Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman John Olver have been big supporters of the project, and both are happy to see things progressing at the old Heywood Wakefield furniture manufacturing.

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