SANFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The first business has moved in to an old mill in Sanford that was in such bad disrepair, the city took it by eminent domain 6 years ago.
Saundarya Hair Salon and Day Spa is the first tenant at 16 Washington Street, a building that was once part of the Goodall Mill complex. After the city cleaned up the property, developer Northland Enterprises bought it in 2011, giving it a new roof, new floors, new windows, and a new mission.
There's 22,000 square feet of commercial space downstairs and 36 apartments upstairs.
Josh Benthien, co-owner of Northland Enterprises said, "A number of people have said this to us. 'We saw the mills close. We never thought anything would come of them. And this is a gem. And this mill has come back to life.' And that to us feels really good. "
Vandals used spray paint on the building and broke a couple windows last week, but Benthien says that vandalism did not cause any delays. Two more businesses, a restaurant and an office, are scheduled to open in the building next week.