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2011-11-16 / News

Midlothian’s MillWorks opens with ribbon-cutting

By Nancy Nusser
News Editor


Last week’s ribbon-cutting at the MillWorks at the Green office park, in the Village of Midlothian, marked the completion of eight buildings now ready for occupants. 
Page Dowdy/Chesterfield Observer Last week’s ribbon-cutting at the MillWorks at the Green office park, in the Village of Midlothian, marked the completion of eight buildings now ready for occupants. Page Dowdy/Chesterfield Observer A $30 million office park with a public plaza, a library and a café officially opened last week with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by builders, citizens’ groups, and county officials.

The MillWorks at the Green is part of a longtime and ongoing effort to bring “new urbanism” to Midlothian, according to Tom Garner, a developer and philanthropist who worked in partnership with Woolfolk Construction to build MillWorks.

The hope, he said, is that MillWorks will be part of creating a “very livable place. You can park on the street. You can go to your audiologist – go to the café.” The office park already has one renter, an audiologist, and others are in negotiations for space, Garner said.

When completed over the next four years, MillWorks will be a 13-building, 149,600- square-foot office park that incorporates the Midlothian Branch Library. The entry drive to the library already has been moved, so it is now accessible from Woolridge Road as well as Coalfield Road.

The development also includes a public plaza, with a sculpture, which sits between the library and café.

Garner said everything has been built to create a comfortable space for people to live as well as work and shop. All of the walls in the development have been built at a height comfortable for sitting. The area is lighted by gooseneck lamps. There are sidewalks and “lots of good landscaping,” Garner said.

MillWorks is one of a number of projects that Garner is developing with the idea of making Midlothian a “neo-traditional village” that evokes the area’s coal mining history. Work started last week on an amphitheater that is to be built across the street from Mid- Lothian Mines Park. A reproduction of a pulley-drawn headstock, the apparatus that lowered and raised miners, will be erected in the park to give it a theme, he said.

Charles Batchelor, a committee chair for the Village of Midlothian Volunteer Coalition, said that MillWorks “is good for the community, good for business” because, “you have a sense of place here. You feel this is something different. You can say you’re part of the Village of Midlothian – a community.”

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