DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — Lynette Rayfield is among those who are eagerly looking forward to moving into the historic former Mayo woolen mill complex, a collection of nine buildings overlooking the Piscataquis River currently being redeveloped.

She said Friday that she and her husband, William, are retired and will be putting their home in Goffstown, New Hampshire, on the market this spring and are getting ready to move to the small Piscataquis County town.

“We live in New Hampshire, but I grew up in Dover,” Lynette Rayfield said Friday in a telephone interview. William Rayfield also has ties to the area as the two met while he was stationed at the Charleston Air Force Station during the Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Both of her grandmothers worked at the former woolen mill, which later operated as the Moosehead Manufacturing plant before it was shuttered nearly a decade ago. The renovated site has been dubbed the Riverfront Redevelopment Project.

“We have a cottage at [Sebec] Lake and one of our children and his family live there, so we have all kinds of reasons to come back. Plus we love it,” she said.

The Rayfields toured the soon-to-be-finished space last summer, when the project was transitioning from the demolition phase to the construction phase. At that point, the sheetrock wasn’t even up.

“We’re pretty excited. It’s a beautiful spot on that river. And the theater in Dover is very vibrant and I look forward to doing all kinds of things there. What they’ve done is going to be an enormous boost for Dover.”

The cluster of former industrial buildings is nearly done being converted into a mixed-use complex that will include a high-tech business center, 22 apartments, space for retail shops and offices, studio space for artisans and an Internet cafe. It also will include a restaurant, an eight- to 12-room boutique hotel and a year-round indoor farmers market that will be housed in a historic 1865 carriage house.

Christian Arnold, the Kansas City, Missouri-based architect who developed the designs for the project, said Friday that most of the space has been spoken for, including the boutique inn.

Arnold said that the The Inn at the Mill will be operated by Erin Cabot, who along with her husband, Ben, also operates The Cabot House, a bed and breakfast in Dover-Foxcroft that also hosts events.

“The restaurant space has not been leased yet and we are actively seeking a restaurateur to add the finishing touches on that space,” he said.

Arnold is not related to project developer Jonathan Arnold of Arnold Development, who works out of the same city.

The project, which is expected to be completed in mid-May or shortly thereafter, will be a boon for residents of Piscataquis County, which has lost most of it manufacturing jobs.

Approximately 11.5 percent of the county’s population is unemployed as the region transitions to a service-based economy.

By the time all is said and done, the conversion of the former mill complex will be a $10 million to $12 million project — the largest private investment in Piscataquis County in decades, Kenneth Woodbury, former co-director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council and now Sangerville town manager, said earlier.

Amicus, a Bangor-based nonprofit that serves about 300 area adults with mental and physical disabilities, also looks forward to making the facility its home.

Executive Director Heidi Godsoe said Friday that Amicus began providing case management services in the Dover-Foxcroft area after another agency stopped. The problem was the caseworker serving the area, who lives in Dover-Foxcroft, has to commute to Bangor for office space.

“That didn’t seem like a good use of her time. So we looked around and thought can we find some little church basement or something for her to be in and when we saw that, we thought it was so beautiful,” she said of the redevelopment site.

“The price is good so we went up there and looked at it and I think it will be a good office for us,” she said. “That may be just the beginning of Amicus’s presence in that area because there are other things that we could do up there. Several people could work out of the same small office.

“I’m very glad to be moving into one of those towns that has suffered the loss of their industry,” Godsoe said.