TPG Restoration Of Jules Desurmont Mill Complex In Progress

Company releases photos of work site.



Bob Lebeaux, president at , says the company is making strides in its restoration efforts at the former Jules Desurmont Mill complex at 84 Fairmont St.

The city's Economic Development Director Matt Wojcik suggested the 6.6. acre property for TPG's expansion when the former owner's plans for the building failed to materialize. 

“Since we officially took possession of the site in late July, we have been busy clearing out and cleaning up the site.  While local contractors and company personnel have already devoted countless hours to this noble project, they have only begun to scratch the surface on what needs to be done,” Lebeaux said.

The restoration is expected to be finished by October/November and employ 10-20 people permanently, said Gregory Czarnowski, a spokesman for the company. TPG will use part of the site for storage and as a garage for company vehicles.

Lebeaux continued, “Our initial efforts have focused on making the site more presentable, inside and out.  These have included clearing brush, trash and scrap metal from the exterior of the building.  Old fencing and fixtures have been removed and new windows are being added, starting with the lowest floors, as we strive to restore the old building’s most majestic features. 

Cleanup efforts have been equally impressive inside the massive structure.  We have cleared out tons of trash and waste (literally) from the various floors and have begun fixing the roof (along with the windows) in our efforts to waterproof the facility.”

“Truth be told, it is an imposing task that we face, but how often do you get the chance to bring a piece of history back to life.  We look forward to the day when we can proudly state that ‘Jules Desurmont lives again.’”

Jane O. August 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It is refreshing to hear some good news about an old mill here in the city.
la_mouffette August 24, 2012 at 06:00 PM
That shouldn't be difficult. You have so many of them! ^_^
Russell Archambault August 24, 2012 at 06:12 PM
before anybody gets all worked up let them prove themselves. ive seen this type of situation many times in the past .all the hype, photos, great press and then ??????? mr. dionne your so worried about the mill puluting the river. you should worry more about our elected officials pululiting after this weeks overflow. One of your callers and fan. have to agree with you !!
Leo Tiberius Fontaine August 26, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Going to Wright's Farm today,i'm sure the visit will conjure some fond memories!
John R Dionne August 26, 2012 at 01:40 PM
I could care less about the river, I was explaining that Fernandes is being treated differnent than other projects along the river. John R Dionne


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