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Himes Visits Redding Student Workshop Focused On Redeveloping Wire Mill

Students in Redding proposed uses for the abandoned wire mill in Georgetown.
Students in Redding proposed uses for the abandoned wire mill in Georgetown. Photo Credit: Karen Tensa

REDDING, Conn. – U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (D-4th District) met with students from Redding and Easton last month who participated in the Re-Wire student artists’ workshop over the summer and designed plans to redevelop the former Gilbert & Bennett wire mill site in Redding.

Himes listened to presentations from the students – from Joel Barlow High School, John Read Middle School and Redding Elementary School. The students desribed how they would transform the abandoned, 55-acre mill site in Georgetown into something productive for the community.

“It is truly inspiring to see how Redding’s students are harnessing their creativity, imagination and talents to improve their community,” said Himes. “The Re-Wire program is an investment that provides a real-world, hands-on learning experience in technology, architecture, the arts and conservation.

"The Gilbert & Bennett mill was one of Connecticut's most important manufacturers in the 19th century. I was very impressed by the students' ideas for transforming the site into a vibrant, 21st-century community that's an attractive place to live and work, and a hub for clean energy innovation."

Artist Jane Philbrick led the Re-Wire artists’ workshop, now in its second year.

"We are honored to have Congressman Himes visit with us again," said Philbrick. "Restoring creative entrepreneurialism is the key driver of social and economic revitalization for historic Georgetown village and our neighboring towns.”

The summer’s seven-week program explored themes of transportation; ecology; architecture; clean energy and environmental remediation; food, farming and hospitality; and fashion design and art.

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