|Plans to remodel the abandoned Wilcox Mill into a community |
art center have been withdrawn.
Plans for the art center, submitted by the Art Foundation established by renowned local artist Tony Roko, had included establishment of an art studio, a sculpture garden and an art center. Roko planned to purchase the mill property from Wayne County and county commissioners had approved his plan and the sale of the historic mill in 2019, despite public protests.
“For the business model that we proposed, the project combined with the economic impact of the pandemic, just became unfeasible,” Greg Hoffman, executive director of the Art Foundation, said. He added that he and Roko did not want to alter the plans already approved by the county for the site and made the decision to return the property to county ownership.