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Adaptive Reuse of Historic Mills - Resources and Tools

A CEDAS Academy Webinar

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.



This webinar examines the state of adaptive reuse in Connecticut, outlining preservation programs and policies designed to support economic development professionals at various stages of the process.

Speakers will discuss the Making Places program which promotes the renewal, reuse and appreciation of historic industrial properties through the website (, historic redevelopment incentives, how to do a “back of the envelope” pro forma to understand the viability of adaptive reuse projects, possible barriers in the regulatory environment, and provide examples of successful redevelopment projects including the Thread Mill project in Stonington, Connecticut and “MUMS”, Mixed Use Mills, for smaller scale manufacturing.  

Speakers include Renee Tribert, Project Manager of the Making Places project for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and Jason Vincent, Director of Planning for the Town of Stonington.  

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • The status of adaptive reuse in Connecticut as well as resources, programs and policies that your community can use to get started
  • Lessons learned from other communities in working to adapt and reuse an historic structure
  • Resources and tools your community can use to engage small or larger scale adaptive reuse of structures




This event is free and offered as a cooperative program of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and the University of Connecticut-Extension Program in Community & Economic Development. 


About Our Speakers

Renee Tribert

Renee Tribert is the Project Manager for the Making Places Project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. Renée Tribert joined the Connecticut Trust as Project Manager of Making Places in 2014, after sixteen years in environmental consulting.  She has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania, is a published author, and has been curator at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and collections manager at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Connecticut Trust staff work with preservation and community groups, municipalities, organizations and individuals to identify and provide tools and guidance for preservation.


Jason Vincent, AICP

Jason Vincent, AICP is Director of Planning for the Town of Stonington. Jason worked in both the public and private sectors on various economic development initiatives over the past 22 year. Since 2002, Stonington has approved four adaptive reuse mill projects, providing over 150 multi-family housing units (34 affordable) and enabling over $50MM in private investment.


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