By Dylan Hochstedler
Residents of Windsor woke up to the saddening news that the historic Windsor Mill had burned down Aug. 6. The site had been approved last November for renovations to the 100-plus-year-old building, which was set to house several restaurants, offices, a banquet facility and the newest location for Denver-based Prost Brewing Co.
“We have been working on the project since early this year,” said Troy Johnston, co-owner of Prost. “The Old Mill story is very cool and being a part of something that historical was very intriguing.”
Although it is a large setback, Prost is still interested in being part of the new confines. “I can’t speak to the fire, other that it was a devastating event for us and the community,” said Johnston. “Prost is excited about the rebuild and is definitely a part of it.”
The harshest part of the story is the fire was caused by arson. Officials are offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who provides information leading to the suspect that started the fire.
This would have been the third location for Prost brewing, which has their original brewery and taproom in the Denver Highlands and a taproom in downtown Fort Collins.
It’s a huge loss for the Windsor community and businesses that were planning to move in. Although it’s too early to say when, plans to rebuild the mixed-use location have already surfaced.
“We plan on rebuilding and using the space for the same purposes,” said Steve Schroyer, director of real estate for Blue Ocean Enterprises, the group in charge of the project. “We are cooperating with the ATF investigation and evaluating our options. We do not have a timeline on the completion of the project at this time.”