The Dan River Falls commercial and residential project at the former White Mill building is still expected to complete late this year, and the city has been in talks with businesses interested in units there.
“We’ve been engaged with a number of businesses interested in locating at Dan River Falls,” said Corrie T. Bobe, director of economic development and tourism for Danville.
Without revealing how many potential commercial tenants are inquiring about space at the facility, Bobe said a mix of businesses are discussing the possibility of coming to Dan River Falls, including those in the food-and-beverage industry and traditional office users.
“We are thrilled thus far with the interest we’ve received,” Bobe said.
In October, Danville’s city manager told the Register & Bee that the city was exploring the possibility of moving some of its department offices into Dan River Falls. The parks and recreation department and the office of economic development and tourism were at the top of the list for consideration.
Officials have pointed to a shortage of room in city government buildings as well as an aging City Auditorium – where parks and recreation’s offices are located – as reasons for the possible department moves.
A 2016 study found that the city government needed more space to meet its needs.
It has been a year since ground was broken on the $85 million project on Jan. 12, 2023.
Kendra Bishop, spokesperson with The Alexander Co., which is in a joint agreement with the city on the Dan River Falls project, told the Register & Bee that the endeavor is on schedule.
The building, often called the White Mill, is an icon in Danville. The words “Home of Dan River Fabrics” were perched atop the mill building for decades.
“We do still anticipate completion in the fourth quarter of 2024,” Bishop said via email Wednesday. “We remain very grateful to largely be on schedule and appreciate all of Rehab Builders’ [the project’s contractor) exceptional diligence to ensure this remains the case.”