Bates Mill No. 5 Working Group


The Bates Mill 5 Working Group is organized by Grow L+A and the regular monthly meetings are open to the public. This group works on projects related to supporting the successful redevelopment of the iconic Bates Mill No. 5 in the heart of downtown Lewiston. The nature of the work evolves with the project. It has included, for example:

  • Attracting a Grocery Marketplace Tenant for Mill 5  (A current project – Learn more!)
  • Supporting feasibility studies and student research;
  • Grant writing and fundraising;
  • Community engagement and creative awareness-raising — for example, planning and hosting forums, pop-up events, kitchen table conversations, online surveys, tabling at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market, live art window at the L/A Art Walks, Build Maine conference, tactical urbanism, etc.;
  • Providing community-related resources to potential Mill 5 tenants & connecting them with the project developer, Tom Platz of Platz Associates.
Join us!  If you are interested in joining or learning more about the Bates Mill 5 Working Group, please email info [at]