Grist Mill construction to begin

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The Grist Mill team from the Roslyn Landmark Society reviews the next phase of the mill's construction. (Photo courtesy of the Roslyn Landmark Society)

Preliminary construction will begin Thursday at the Roslyn Grist Mill, according to its caretakers, the Roslyn Landmark Society.

The society has received all necessary approvals from the Village of Roslyn and Nassau County to begin the next phase of the mill’s restoration, said its director, Jennifer Lister.

“This has been a long-awaited start of the next phase of the restoration, as additional engineering and protective measures needed to be addressed,” Lister said. “We are excited to begin this next phase of restoration.”

The work set to begin on Thursday will see the installation of an access ramp in the back, an entrance for construction access from Old Northern Boulevard and measures to protect the sewer line from the heavy machinery to come, Lister says.

The restoration, set to begin in earnest in “mid-December,” according to the group, will see repairs made on the mill’s timber frames and the raising of the entire structure above street level. Additionally, the mill will be positioned on top of six columns of huge interlocking wood columns, known as cribbing.

The Roslyn Grist Mill, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986, is one of only a few surviving Dutch-framed watermills built between 1715 and 1741 that was purposely built for industrial use rather than farming, and was used for over 150 years.

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