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Butte Creek Mill Construction Updates

Butte Creek Mill is on track to be completed by June and fully open to the public by this fall.

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 6:58 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 11:56 AM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- It's been three years since a fire on Christmas day burned Butte Creek Mill down.

Construction at is set to be finished by this June, according to the Executive Director of the Butte Creek Mill Foundation, Maryanne Pitcher. The reopening of Butte Creek Mill will create about 10 new job opportunities for those in Eagle Point. 

Since the fire in 2015, Pitcher says about three to five thousand donors have helped raise two million dollars for the mill. The foundation hopes to reach their fundraising goal of 2.5 million dollars within the next few months.

"Our average donation is about $100," Pitcher said. "So it shows you just how many people have contributed in the community and across the country actually - we get donations from all over actually."

Pitcher says she gets emails all the time from people all across the country. 

"There's quite a following for the Butte Creek Mill – so its very exciting," Pitcher told Newswatch12. 

Pitcher says she gets emails asking when are the products going to be ready and when they are going to reopen. She said people usually ask when they can expect to get their pancake mix and bran muffin mix.

The answer is: this fall.

"The fire was Christmas day of 2015 and we will absolutely be reopen by Christmas 2019," Pitcher said. 

Last week, the property Butte Creek Mill is on got about four inches of snow. The owner of Bleser Built Roofing said his employees put in overtime to make sure the snow doesn't slow them down too much.

"They worked through the weekend trying to make up for lost times," Ryan Bleser said. "So last week was a very soaking wet week for those poor guys."

Bleser says the roof will be done at the end of this week. Then phase two will begin, which includes all the mechanical and electrical construction. 

Pitcher says the goal is to make the mill "Oregon-focused" and put an emphasis on local small businesses. Before the fire, Pitcher says the focus wasn't on just Oregon products, but that is all going to change now.

"We are really trying to hone in on what we have to offer here in Oregon," Pitcher said. 

As a thank you for all the support the community has offered the Butte Creek Mill Foundation, Pitcher says they are hosting a 80's themed dance party. The party that will dual as a fundraising event will take place at Ed's Oasis in Eagle Point on Saturday, March 30. Tickets will go on sale through their website soon. 

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