Western New England is chock full of mill towns: Holyoke, Chicopee, and Springfield were all leaders in the industrial era, with their pioneering water-powered textile and paper mills. But many of these mills have gone dormant. So, what’s happened to them? Some have been transformed into mixed use businesses and condos, while others sit vacantstruggling to find a new identity. Producer Dave Fraser brings us part one in a two-part look at the past, present, and future of old mill buildings in our region.  

This story originally aired on May 1, 2019.