MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Butte Creek Mill began deconstruction today. The contractors will take apart what remains of the original mill piece by piece in order to re-use some of the materials in the new mill.
According to the Butte Creek Mill Foundation Executive Director, Maryanne Pitcher, the foundation still needs to raise $1.5 million dollars.
"Mostly individuals and businesses that have donated and of course we’ve gotten some grants. Oregon Heritage and Travel Oregon have given us a grant and we’ve applied for various other grants. We are also on the Oregon Most Endangered list for Restore Oregon. We just got put on that list in November. We have had a lot of support. We have had politicians give from their own individual funds to support the project; it’s a very diverse group of funding," explained Pitcher.
Along with using some of the original material to reconstruct the mill, contractors will also be using donated material from the time frame that the mill was built.
Other than some safety features including wheel-chair accessible ramps and safety equipment, the mill will be constructed to look exactly the same.
"The only difference will be some safety stuff like ADA and things like fire sprinkler systems. We will have some handicap ramps and a lift; a few things we have to do to meet today's code but for the most part it’ll be just like it was," said general contractor, David Hammonds.