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      Former Camillus Cutlery Factory to be made into wellness facility following fire

      Camillus Cutlery on fire in February

      The ground where one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the country burst info flames three months ago will now see new life.

      A $300,000 Brownfield Redevelopment Grant is on the way to Camillus Mills, the former Camillus Cutlery Factory.

      The grant is part of National Grid's Economic Development Program. The funds will help offset environmental remediation and development where the historic landmark once stood.

      National Grid will announce more details next Monday.

      Sweet Spot Redevelopment purchased the property and is working to turn what's left of the 45,000 square foot factory into a medical wellness facility to serve neighbors in Camillus.

      Preliminary plans call for office space and upscale second-floor apartments. Additional plans are in the works to provide additional space for medical, wellness and support services, even a spa and eatery options.

      The Central New York Regional Economic Developmental Council named Camillus Mills one of 34 priority projects.

      The February fire started as workers were cutting pipes, in the demolition process. Fire crews were still hosing down smoldering debris 18 hours after the blaze was initially reported. Fortunately, there were no injuries.

      The history of the property and Camillus Cutlery can be traced back to the 1870s.