For the past three and a half years I have lived in The Mill in Glens Falls. It’s not just a building. It’s a way of life. The residents in my building come in all shapes and sizes, ages, and walks of life. Living here is like living in a grown up version of a college dorm complete with parties on the roof top, borrowing pantry staples, (and bottles of wine!) and caring about each other like family. If one of us is ill or recovering from surgery, the others check in to see if items are needed from the grocery store or a ride is needed or even to drop off dinner. If one of us is celebrating something like a new job, retirement, the birth of a child or grandchild or a wedding, we all come together to celebrate. While this may be common behavior in suburban neighborhoods, it is rare in a condo or apartment building in an urban setting.
But the caring doesn’t end with the people in our building. One day, one of our Mill Mates was heading out and spied an owl in a tree. The owl was in distress and some birds of prey were circling. Our group of neighbors called the proper authority, and stood guard under the owl until it could be rescued.
At Christmas and again just recently, our gang made it our priority to help the Open Door Mission with their Backpack Program. When kids are in school, those who need it, get a free or reduced price breakfast and lunch. When school is not in session, these kids still need to eat breakfast and lunch. The Open Door Mission ensures that these kids have food for school break. We just finished sorting 4 huge boxes of food. In addition, some residents gave checks to the Open Door Mission to cover any items that are in short supply. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such a caring group of people.
Recently our building was purchased by Cass Hill Development for $6.95 million. There has been quite a bit of coverage on the sale. As a Realtor, I know logically that the new company bought an asset. I’m sure during their “due diligence” they inspected the physical assets of the building and evaluated the “cap rate”. I have to admit, this building has some wonderful amenities. In my humble opinion, the greatest assets of this building are the people who live here and call this building home and who care for the building, each other and the community we live in. I know, in time, our new landlords will come to understand that as well!