As part of a multi-disciplined project team of consultants, BL Companies’ historic preservation staff prepared a historic context and performed the historic structures assessment component of a comprehensive Historic Structures Condition and Reuse Analysis. The Village of Hastings Waterfront, a former industrial area adjacent to downtown but separated by rail lines, was seen by the Village as a long-term opportunity to establish a vital and active retail, residential and recreational district on underutilized property at the water’s edge.
The Atlantic Richfield Company requested consultant services to provide an assessment of three historic industrial structures and historic water tower to understand their condition, historic features and relevant preservation potential in the context of the site’s eventual redevelopment. The structures were components of a former wire and cable mill complex that was constructed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. BL Companies provided a summary of historical site utilization and a discussion of the relative significance of these structures and the industrial complex from an architectural, historical and cultural perspective. Concurrent with the structural analyses and environmental remediation assessments performed by the other team members, BL Companies outlined potential preservation and reuse scenarios as part of the final report.