Mill On Main In Waxhaw Welcomes First Tenants

Downstairs in one of the lofts at the Mill on Main in Waxhaw.

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Modern and urban living with a small town feel has arrived in downtown Waxhaw.

After several years on the drawing board and in the construction phase, the Mill on Main luxury apartment community welcomed its first tenants on Friday, Sept. 15 and more new tenants are still moving into the 63-unit complex.

The Mill on Main is located in a former Cotton Mill and many of the mill’s original features are included in the new layout. The several different floor plans include the original exposed brick and trusses, stained concrete floors and original wood floors that have been refurbished.

Each unit also has top of the line stainless steel appliances, a washer and dryer and Quartz countertops. There is also a resort style pool, fire pits, corn hole, charcoal and gas grills, a dog park and a 24-hour fitness center that is in its own separate building.

Plans call for commercial development near the apartments that will include a restaurant. The original cotton mill was built in 1898 while another section of the complex was built in the 1960s. Many of the site’s unique features, including the smokestack, still remain.

The 63 units comprise lofts and flats and 60 percent of the units are currently under lease. Only five of the 21 lofts remain and the master bedroom in the lofts comprises the entire upstairs.

“This has been recreated into a cool, boutique apartment community,” said Becca Sparks of the Mill on Main “The lofts are true lofts. The beauty of doing something boutique is that every unit is really different. We came in and gutted the building and created walls. They planned the space of each unit on what we had and we kept the feeling of the historic textile mill. There are even some yellow lines in the Mill Building where the machine workers had to walk. That is how they preserved what we are trying to do there.”

Sparks said one of the many unique outside features is the complex’s pool area which is a great area for entertaining and relaxing.

“The pool is an ozone pool so you can open your eyes under water,” Sparks said. “It’s not salt water or chlorine, so it is considered an ozone. It’s better for your skin and hair. Our patio area has two televisions on the back of the pool house and there are grills and two fire pits. We try to sell a lifestyle and a community. We wanted to bring a new life to the mill.”

The dog park allows dogs plenty of room to get outside and run.

“We wanted people to be able to throw a ball, so we wanted to find the longest run,” Sparks said.

The units, which include one and two bedroom apartments, range from 792 square feet to 1,250 square feet and the monthly rates range from $1,105 to $1,665.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
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