The winds of change are blowing through west Gastonia.
Cindy Lawrence has lived behind the historic Loray Mill for 27 years. She couldn't be happier that it's finally getting a facelift.
"Since the mill has been empty so long, it is going to help. It is going to improve the area," Lawrence said.
Once construction is complete, the Loray Mill will house 190 Loft apartments and 79,000 square feet of commercial space.
It's a $40 million project, but it's not the only revitalization effort in town.
Just across the street from the mill, an empty lot is being transformed into a brand new community park. It's a join partnership between the City of Gastonia and the Gastonia Optimist Club.
City leaders tell WBTV the idea is to get people spending more time and money on the west side of Gastonia.
Community members have been invited to share ideas with city leaders, helping to create a vision for the future of west Gastonia.
The mayor has called the mill the nucleus of the area. Over the next few years, he hopes it will attract more businesses to the west side of town.
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