ORANGE, Va. (WVIR) - There’s new life in the Old Rapidan Mill on the Orange County/Culpeper County line.

A group dedicated to ecology is going to renovate the building and make it a centerpiece for their efforts. The mill will become the center for Natural Capital’s new headquarters.

The organization, which is based in the town of Orange, says it uses business practices to restore the health of people and nature.

In addition to moving its headquarters to the mill, the center wants to create the Rapidan Institute that will focus on improving the resilience of East Coast rivers. It also wants to create the Millrace Academy – a K-12 and teacher eco-industrial education center.

Executive Director of the Center for Natural Capital Michael Collins says the Mill will be the centerpiece of an effort that will touch many communities.

“So the mill is the physical place where we can grow our programs, restore these natural resources so that the City of Charlottesville and other urban areas, need for their health,” Collins said.

Construction for Phase I of the renovation is set to begin this summer and there are hopes to be finished by this fall. The money for the first phase is coming from nearly two dozen private donations. More information on the project can be found here.