Fayette County looking for input on Starr’s Mill

December 4, 2016 by  

Starr’s Mill is a local landmark for residents of Fayetteville and Fayette County, but its future is uncertain, in the sense that there are a number of ideas people have advanced for using the property. The county government is planning to make some small improvements to the property, but would like to hear residents’ opinions on the matter.

Recently, a group of more than 60 gathered to discuss plans for the structure. Dean Breest, who is a member of the Fayette Photographic Society, says artists like himself would like to see the mill used as a venue for shows by local artists. He would also like Fayette County to put a welcome center on the property, which offers 17 acres for various projects.

The meeting was led by the Fayette County Water Department’s director, Lee Pope, who said he would like to see the mill’s grounds improved, and the pond’s shoreline cleaned up. He also agrees with Breest that it would be a good idea to open the mill to the public regularly. Pope said that his department wants to make the mill more accessible to everyone; since it was built in 1907, it is an important part of the history of the local area.

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