See the interior of a nearly 200-year-old Baldwinsville mill turned to life on the waterfront (photos)

Baldwinsville, NY – A Baldwinsville mill that operated for 175 years, then as a boutique hotel and banquet hall for another 16 years, is set to reopen as waterfront living for seniors.

Red Mill Manor on Paper Mill Island offers 32 mostly efficient apartments within walking distance of the village center and offering views of the Seneca River and Erie Canal Lock 24 of the state canal system.

All-inclusive fixed rents will range from $ 2,900 to $ 4,000, depending on the size of the unit. What does all inclusive mean? Pretty much everything, including:

  • Three meals a day served in a community dining room with stunning views of the Seneca River
  • Cable TV, telephone service, high speed Wi-Fi and all utilities
  • Laundry room
  • Fitness classes and other scheduled activities
  • Linen and cleaning twice a month
  • Use of on-site fitness center, library, lounge, and pub
  • A Stickley furnished living room with board games, puzzles and a big screen TV
  • Shuttle service for doctor’s appointments, shopping and other local trips

John McHarrie Jr. and. Stephen Baldwin, two of the founders of Baldwinsville, opened the water-powered flour and grain mill at 4 Syracuse Street in 1828. The mill operated until 2003, making it one of the oldest mills in the state canal system.

Jay Bernhardt, former owner of JGB Enterprises and real estate developer, bought the mill after it closed and reopened it as the Red Mill Inn, a boutique hotel and banquet hall in 2006. Bernhardt closed it in 2019 and put it on sale.

Paul Cappuccilli and his nephew and business partner Kurt Stroman purchased the building in February 2020 for $ 700,000, according to Onondaga County real estate records.

Their family has built thousands of single and multi-family homes in central New York City since Peter L. Cappuccilli Sr., Paul’s father, started a development and construction company, now called Camex Management Group, in 1953.

The family’s many projects include Village Green, a 500-acre, 2,500-unit residential, commercial and recreational development in Van Buren; Watertree of DeWitt, a 320 unit condominium development in DeWitt; and Harbor House Condominiums, a conversion of the old Oswego High School into 50 condominiums.

While the Red Mill Inn has functioned well as a wedding and banquet venue, it has failed as a hotel because it is not close to a freeway, according to Cappuccilli and Stroman.

But with the retirement of baby boomers in large numbers, the demand for senior housing is increasing, they said. And the mansion’s location in the heart of the village makes it ideal for seniors who can live independently, want easy access to restaurants and shops, and no longer want to worry about property taxes, utility bills. , food costs and home repairs, they said. .

“Living in the center of everything is ideal,” Cappuccilli said. “You can walk to anything.”

The mansion is exclusively for adults aged 55 and over. It will provide residents with personal medical monitoring devices to call 911 at the push of a button. However, being an independent living facility, no health services will be offered, Cappuccilli said.

Work on transforming the hostel’s guest rooms into apartments began almost immediately after the purchase but was subsequently slowed down by the coronavirus pandemic.

The changes included the addition of kitchenettes with small fridges, microwaves, and sinks in each unit. Since all meals will be provided in the community dining room, the apartments do not contain stoves or ovens. But Cappuccilli said tenants can reserve a fully equipped community kitchen and dining room free of charge to prepare and serve meals when visiting family and friends.

Most units are efficiencies – small apartments that combine the bedroom, living room, and kitchenette into one room. No two apartments are the same. The larger one combines the former bridal suite and the hostel’s conference room.

“It’s like an English mansion,” Cappuccilli said. “All meals are prepared for you. The whole building is your home and efficiency is your retreat.

A large terrace overlooking the Seneca River has been added on the north side of the building. Other notable changes include a new, taller roof and the addition of many large windows on both sides of the building to improve the view of the river and Lock 24, which is still used by boaters.

“You’ll either have a view of the canal or the river, and some apartments have both,” Stroman said. “These views are spectacular.”

Major structural improvements were made to the basement, where water from the canal once flowed to power mill equipment and grain elevators.

However, reminders of the building’s past remain. Large hand-carved wooden beams, with their original wooden dowels, have been left exposed in each hallway and apartment. Skilled carpenters transformed beams that needed to be removed into wall shelves in many units.

Even the two large wooden turbines that once powered the plant’s equipment remain in the basement, although they are now partially covered with a new cement floor.

A 25-pound bag of the finest Mercer flour, found in the building during renovations, is on display in the lobby. (Mercer Milling Co. was the last operator of the mill.)

Rental information is available through, the site’s Facebook page, or by calling 315-303-0406. The rental started last month. The first tenants of the mansion are expected to move in from October 15.

Stroman said leases had already been signed for five of the apartments.

“The response has been tremendous,” he said. “There are a lot of people who are delighted to see this building back in service. “

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