Cable Mills – Modern Mill & River House


2021 BSA General Housing Award Recipient!


Offshoots developed a native planting plan, restoration planting and phytoremediation installation for the adaptive reuse of the former Water Street Mill, now known as Cable Mills. This industrial reuse project is now entering its fifth era, this time as a residential complex, 233 years after it was built. The renovations include river bank restoration, a public river walk, phytoremediation, and a new outdoor living room for residents with a fire pit and grilling amenities.  The plantings are designed with plants only native to the East Coast and Appalachian Mountains, creating an insertion to improve the local ecology.

The restoration of this former disturbed industrial site includes:

  • Site inventory of existing native plants, including field visits to nearby undisturbed sites for plant inventories, including Mount Greylock
  • Removal of invasive species
  • Installation of native riparian herbaceous, shrub and tree species
  • Aspen groves to remediate petroleum impacts

To learn more about the site sustainability goals for the project , visit the Cable Mills website here.



Williamstown, MA

Completed 2020

The Traggorth Companies and Mitchell Properties
Architects: Finegold Alexander Architects, Merge Architects
Environmental Consultants, Civil Engineer, Site Layout:  Guntlow Associates
Photography: John Horner Photography