By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent
November 29. 2017 11:29PM
The Scribner building is one of 20 structures, nearly all of which are interconnected, on the former L.W. Packard mill site in downtown Ashland. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)
ASHLAND — Workforce housing, a distillery, and grow space for a nearby medical-cannabis dispensary were among the dozens of ideas floated Wednesday during a discussion on the uses and redevelopment of the former L.W. Packard textile mill.
Once a manufacturer of luxury textiles, the mill, which began operations in 1916, shut down in 2009, a victim of global competition in an extremely niche market.
As currently configured, the mill complex — some of which is still in use — consists of 20 interconnected buildings owned by seven different owners.
Givan and Levi Bradley hope to join the ranks of owners sometime next year when they purchase the red-brick Scribner building and turn it into what would then be New Hampshire’s ninth micro distillery.
The Bradleys, who live in neighboring New Hampton and most recently called Tennessee their home, were among 50 state, local and federal officials,