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New project starts for old Swift Mill property

What is left of the historic mill will be developed into 40 loft-styled apartments. What is left of the historic mill will be developed into 40 loft-styled apartments.
Surveillance photo of the second person of interest at the counter of a Circle K on Veterans Parkway. (Source: Columbus Fire Department) Surveillance photo of the second person of interest at the counter of a Circle K on Veterans Parkway. (Source: Columbus Fire Department)
Surveillance photo of person of interest at Circle K on Veterans Parkway (Source: Columbus Fire Department) Surveillance photo of person of interest at Circle K on Veterans Parkway (Source: Columbus Fire Department)
Remnants of historic Swift Mill a day after a massive fire in November 2011. Remnants of historic Swift Mill a day after a massive fire in November 2011.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

It's been six months since the historic Swift Mill burned in downtown Columbus. The property has been pretty much cleared to make way for a brand new project. What is left of the historic mill will be developed into 40 loft-styled apartments.

Thursday, inspectors were surveying the site - getting it ready for the next phase. Windows have been placed on the original part of the building that will be renovated.

Fire Marshall Ricky Shores told News Leader 9 while the property is being redeveloped; the fire investigation is still open. "We still have not located the vehicle that we were searching for at the beginning of the investigation nor the two individuals that we wanted to speak to."

Those individuals were two men who were spotted at locations near Swift Mill during the fire.

Shores told us investigators are doing all they can to solve the case. "It's certainly not something we want to rush, obviously. It's a massive investigation. There are several important components to investigate. All that information takes time to compile," said Chief Shores.

The project manager of the new loft style apartments would not go on camera with us Thursday but did say that the project is moving along quickly and that the lofts will be ready by December.

Land owner, Burt Pace, told News Leader 9 the loft units will range from 1,800 to 2,500 square feet. Pace says the land in front of the old Swift Mill will likely be developed into a park.

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