Mill No.1

Durham, NC


Mill No. 1 is a fully restored historic textile mill located in downtown Durham. At the time of the restoration, the 180,000 square foot project was the only remaining 1900s era conversion opportunity of its kind in the area. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the unique collection structures including the mill, warehouse, and power plant has been renovated into a Class A mixed use office and retail in this highly desirable market. The project is 98% leased.
Mill No. 1 is part of Golden Belt Campus, an adaptive reuse project that combines modern offices, historic architecture, fine arts studios and galleries, live entertainment on the Mill Stage and plaza, an array of dining options, and Hi-Wire brewery’s 8K SF tap room in a restored early 1900’s textile mill.


This project is situated in Durham’s highly sought-after CBD area, home to a growing number of technology and biotechnology clients, Duke University, the new Durham Human Services Complex, urban residences, and new mixed-use developments. The repositioning of this asset was made possible through the use of both federal and state historic tax credits. As downtown Durham continues to experience a renaissance and tremendous absorption, Mill No. 1 leads the pack in adaptive reuse value creation.

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Property Features

  • Large 40K SF floor plates with vaulted ceilings and large windows for plentiful natural lighting.
  • Hosts an array of dining and happy hour options, including sandwiches, salads, entrees, and a full bar J. Lights Market & Café, handmade confections at Two Roosters Ice Cream, craft beer at Hi-Wire in their 8K SF taproom, and coming soon, Neapolitan pizza from Cugino Forno.
  • Brick and timber construction with early 1900’s period details. Artifacts from the textile mill have been retained and restored for posterity.
  • Up–to–date new internal control systems, new elevators, high speed internet, fire and life safety system, and security systems were installed in 2017.
  • Home to over 25 local artists in our Golden Belt Artists’ studios and gallery, as well as the Durham Art Guild, a non-profit that provides mentorship and residency programs to local artists.
  • Quarterly art exhibitions in the two-story Great Hall from regional and nationally recognized artists.
  • A converted railroad spur path is planted with local pollinator plants and trees, and certified by the Audubon Society of North Carolina.
  • Home to the Beltline Station, a unique event space situated on a converted railroad platform.
  • Office tenants include Strata Solar, WillowTree, MetaMetrics, Camargo, Kalisher, and Urban Tails.
  • Winner of the 2019 Triangle Business Journal Space Award for Best Adaptive Reuse project.
  • For more information and leasing availability, please visit the campus website at


  • Located on the East end of downtown Durham.
  • Mill No. 1 is conveniently accessible from both the Fayetteville St. and Alston Ave. Durham Freeway exits (Hwy. 147), and is a minutes’ walk from downtown attractions such as the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham Performing Arts Center, hotels and restaurants, and Main Street shops.
  • Served by local scooter and bike share providers.
  • Approximately 30 minutes from RDU International Airport.
  • Ample onsite parking.
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