Progress slow in Peerless Mill restoration


Progress slow in Peerless Mill restoration

MIAMISBURG — The restoration of the former Peerless Mill restaurant has stalled in recent weeks, but work is scheduled to resume within the next week, according to the building’s owner, Springboro Realtor Paul Music.

Music said he diverted his work crews to another commercial building in Springboro in recent weeks, but that project is nearly complete. “We’ll get back to the Peerless Mill and start work again,” he said. “Once we get on it, it should go fast.”

The lack of progress is a source of frustration for Bellbrook caterer and former restaurant owner Tom Welton, whom Music said in December would help him reopen the facility as a fine-dining restaurant and banquet spot, keeping the Peerless Mill name. The pace of the renovations is “slower than a turtle,” Welton said, and the former Kettering restaurant owner suggested he may be losing interest in being part of the project.

The Peerless Mill, 319 S. Second St., operated for nearly eight decades before closing in 2008.

Music made it clear after he purchased the building last December that there was no specific timetable for the project, and he said this week that the condition of the 14,000-square-foot building was worse than first thought. When they return, workers will turn their attention to the former restaurant’s kitchen and bar areas, but Music reiterated that the project still has “no real timeline.”

“We’ll keep plugging away at it,” Music said.

Chris Fine, development director for the city of Miamisburg, said he intends to contact Music to check on the project’s status. “If there’s any way we can help, we will,” Fine said.

The Peerless Mill began in 1828 as a sawmill on the Miami & Erie Canal and became a restaurant in 1929.

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