Lynden windmill restoration work nearing completion

A downtown Lynden landmark is nearing the end of its remodeling phase.

Work continues for the Dutch Village Mall and its 72-foot windmill, with much of the windmill restoration expected to be completed by late spring, said Tim Broersma, CEO of Elements Hospitality and the project director.

The building at 655 Front St. was purchased by Lynden Floor owner Greg Neufeldt in November 2013. Since then, work has been done to make the windmill operational again and give a fresh look to the building.

Several additional rooms are being added to the Dutch Village Inn, a project that’s expected to be completed later this year.

A European-style café is slated to move in at the base of the windmill sometime this summer. Nearly all of the other tenant spaces are filled with several businesses, including a Thai restaurant, a consignment store and a women’s clothing store. Elements, which as a company focuses on hotel renovations, also has its offices in the building.

The mechanism that turns the windmill is now working, so the windmill should be operating regularly when work is done, Broersma said.

The Dutch-themed building first opened in 1987.