Urlings General Store

The Coalfield Redevelopment Corporation sought Mills Group to execute a design charrette for the adaptive reuse of this historic building in Wayne, WV. Subsequently, Mills Group was awarded the task to implement design into construction documents for this mixed use project. Serving as a catalyst for community revitalization and increased affordable housing development, the once blighted building project will provide five affordable multi-family rental units, revitalize downtown Wayne by renovating a dilapidated, empty building and turning it into a place of residence, empowerment, and commerce while building community self-confidence.

A community empowerment space is available to all Wayne County residents and nonprofit organizations as well as a permanent office for the Housing Authority of Wayne County and Coalfield Development Corporation. The rehabilitation was as environmentally sustainable and energy efficient as possible so that it will serve as a model for all of Wayne County.

The top floor will have four one bedroom units; the ground (middle) level will have a one bedroom, accessible unit as well as three offices for the Housing Authority of Wayne County and the Coalfield Development Corporation. A large community empowerment space will take a majority of ground level square footage and a smaller portion of the ground level floor will be devoted to a cooperative local artisan business storefront. The bottom floor basement is currently used for storage.

  • Location: Wayne, WV
  • Client: Wayne County Housing Authority
  • Services: Adaptive Reuse Concept and Construction Documents
  • Cost: N/A

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