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Investing in Greensboro: Revolution Mill

By Brian Jackson
  | Jul 13, 2017

We want to introduce you to a part of Self-Help you might not know about: Revolution Mill. Self-Help has been the owner and developer of Revolution Mill since 2012.

As the first flannel mill in the South, Revolution Mill helped establish Greensboro’s manufacturing tradition and the Triad’s prominence as the center of North Carolina manufacturing. With a vision of restoring and revitalizing Revolution Mill, Self-Help set out in 2012 to turn the historic property into a space for creative work and creative living.

Revolution Mill is now a multi-use campus designed for Greensboro residents to live, work, and create near downtown. Self-Help has spent the past five years renovating and renewing the site as a way to spur growth and investment in the Greensboro area.

Right now, there are affordable apartments available at Revolution Mill, and Self-Help Credit Union members get a fast track through the approval and rental process. For more information, visit the Revolution Mill Apartments website here.

aerial view of Revolution Mill

Aerial view of the Revolution Mill complex

Located on a 45-acre historic former textile campus, Revolution Mill houses residential apartments, upscale indoor and outdoor amenities including access to Greensboro's larger Greenway network, and over 250,000 square feet of office space.

Apartments: Affordable Units Available

apartment interior

Revolution Mill features 142 residential apartments, 29 of which are offered at reduced rents and are reserved for low- and moderate-income households. All Revolution Mill Apartments feature exposed brick walls, large windows and features like high-efficiency appliances. Residents can entertain at the grill area, spend time with their pup at the dog park, and work out in the expansive fitness center. Learn more about how to apply.

Offices and Retail

pizza ovens at Cugino Forno Neapolitan Pizza

75 commercial tenants and retailers call Revolution Mill home, including:

  • Cugino Forno Neapolitan Pizza
  • Urban Grinders coffee shop
  • A new Kitchen + Market restaurant concept from Greensboro brewer Natty Greene's
revolution mill

A planned greenway along the North Buffalo Creek will connect Revolution Mill and surrounding neighborhoods to employment and recreation opportunities in downtown Greensboro, and to the city's 90+ mile system of existing trails.

History and Community

The Revolution Mill complex was at the center of North Carolina's textile industry and at one point was the largest producer of flannel in the world. This historic building carries with it that unique character and atmosphere that only a century of history can produce. The newly renovated complex features a new museum dedicated to this story.

Cone history sign

Revolution Mill also hosts public and community events, including outdoor movie screenings, concerts and performances, the annual "Mill Day" festival, and other regular cultural events serving the broader Greensboro and Triad communities. Follow our Facebook events page for more information on upcoming activities.

Art installation at Revolution Mill

Revolution Mill's "Artists in Residence" program supports local artists by providing them a workspace close to home. 

With more than $125 million of total investment planned for the Revolution Mill redevelopment, the project is expected to create nearly 3,400 jobs, most of which are in industries that pay above the area's median wage. As future phases of the project get underway, Self-Help is excited to create additional opportunities for the Greensboro community to live, work, and create at Revolution Mill.

We hope you'll visit and explore all that Revolution Mill has to offer!

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