Mill building

Business partners Liz Hitchcock, left, and Amy Chhom are in the process of buying the old shoe factory at 252 Willow St. in Manchester, with plans to turn the upper floors into about 60 combination apartment/studio spaces for artists.

MANCHESTER -- A former mill building where workers first made shoes and later circuit boards now is being envisioned for artists and others to live and work in the same space.

Liz Hitchcock and Amy Chhom are in the process of buying the former Cohas Shoe Factory building at 252 Willow St. to create up to 60 residential units for people looking for loft space.

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Mill building

The mill building located at 252 Willow St. is being proposed for new apartments in Manchester.

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Liz Hitchcock, right, and business partner Amy Chhom, at Pinwheel Properties, propose new apartments at the mill building located at 252 Willow St. in Manchester.

Mill building

The top three floors of the building would be renovated to accommodate people who want to live and work in the same space. If the sale goes through as planned, renovations are estimated to be completed before the end of 2021.

Mill building

The mill building located at 252 Willow St. is being proposed for new apartments in Manchester.

Thursday, May 06, 2021