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Post-Industrial Series: Old Textile Mill Dormitory (no CC, 10 rooms)

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Uploaded: 6th Nov 2019 at 6:58 PM
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Post-Industrial Series: Old Textile Mill
This is one of my buildings from the small series I've made. If it gets approval, I will post more.

In 1833, a foreign investor initiated establishing a factory in the local area. The place struggled with unemployment, especially among the unqualified ones, so building a new textile mill was like a salvage to the local economy. Production took place in different buildings, and as the business was developing, more space was needed.

This specific building was first built in 1890. Toolmaking, machinery fixing and construction, as well as the later stages of garment production took place here. There were always many people around, and even though the industry back then did not know worker rights the way it does today, the whole environment was thriving, and in a way, they felt like a big family. Entire generations worked here and then had children who also ended up working for the Textile Mill.

Some of the people lived inside this building, and their children grew up here. However, the Mill was not only a home and a workplace for people: there were numerous guard dogs who kept property safe. Thanks to them, a few robberies failed. The people of the Mill funded a small monument in order to commemorate their brave friends.

The Mill operated during the Great Wars, and the workers still showed up to work in this building. They were mostly ordered to sew clothes for the army. Fortunately, the nearest area did not suffer much destruction, but the entire situation had its impact on the society.

In 1948, the building was damaged by fire. There were a few victims that required hospitalisation, but everybody survived. Nevertheless, the Mill needed some restoration, and due to limited materials, back then it was impossible to make it look exactly as it did in the 19th century when it was first built.

For the next few decades, the Textile Mill had the time of its life. There was a huge population influx to the area, and business was thriving. Some things in life seem infinite and immortal. Unfortunately, all the good things come to an end. In late 1980s, the import of textile products emerged and this way, the demand for our Textile Mill's started falling sharply.

The building operated until 1996 as a workshop and then, until 1999, as a warehouse. Since the Textile Mill went bankrupt, its buildings eventually were sold in auctions. The new owner of this building wanted to turn our Mill into an office area, with little success. The building had not undergone the proper maintenance, and was too dangerous to work in, the inside staircase was particularly unsafe. The new owner wanted to demolish the current building and then build a new one, since it was a less costly solution. However, there was a problem that made such a procedure very hard to perform. The building is included in The National Registry of Historic Monuments. This way, it is prevented and the owner would have to pay a high fine for demolishing it.

As said earlier, many people thought of the Mill as of their home. They were former workers, as well as their descendants, but also others from the closest neighbourhood. This is why they have established The Movement for the Textile Mill Association, often referred to as Mill's Children. They strived to prevent the remaining Mill buildings from getting demolished or collapsing by themselves. They were responsible for a few fundraisers and for turning one of the buildings into a museum. Mill's Children spent many years trying to save this building as well. But the owner was too stubborn. Without his consent, there were some homeless people staying here, and (according to local rumours): criminals.

Fortunately, after all these disasters, this story has a happy ending and the main heroes eventually won. The owner died, and the building went on an auction again, this time for a really low price. Among the local University's authorities, there are a few Mill's Children. They decided to save the building by winning the bid and turning it into a dormitory.

The University has limited funds, this is why not all rooms and areas are fully cleaned or restored. Most dorm rooms have old walls, floors, and furniture, some of which remember the Mill's best times. Some pieces of furniture were donated by charity. The University really cared about creating as many rooms for rent as they could, so that the maintenance and restoration of this small piece of history was possible. Despite all these problems, the building is now completely safe to live in, and heating works everywhere, so does the electricity. Bathrooms are fully functional, so is the kitchen. They managed to secure the top floor and staircase, and to install a swimming pool.

Rooms are equipped in various ways, each one of them is unique. They have different amenities, like: TVs, computers, bookcases, hobby items etc. Choose your favourite one and enjoy your time spent in this unusual place .

List of amenities:

Two staircases (inside and outside); elevator
Swimming pool
Dog kennel (I know you cannot have dogs while studying, so it serves decorative purposes)
First level:
- kitchen/canteen
- large and fully restored common area
- study area (connected to staircase)
- two dorm rooms
- fully restored bathrooms (male and female, no showers)
Second level:
- workshop (sewing machines)
- a partially restored common area with a fridge and microwave
- bathrooms (male and female) with separate shower areas (nothing is restored)
- four dorm rooms
- fully equipped gym
Third level:
- a non-restored and barely cleaned common area
- workshop (workbenches)
- four dorm rooms
- terrace with chess, telescope, and a few recreation items
- a non-restored gender neutral bathroom

I've uploaded both dormitory and residential version so that you could edit the building as you like.

Lot Size: 3x4
Lot Price (furnished): 334515