January 2015 Redevelopment Newsletter: Happy New Year
More New Jobs, Business Incubator for Brunswick Landing in 2015
Happy New Year! With the ringing in of 2015, we are approaching four years since the Navy left Brunswick. A lot has been accomplished in a short time. We’ve exceeded most of our short-term goals and we’re well ahead of our peers from the 2005 BRAC. There are now 56 entities doing business at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park with more than 500 jobs having been created and we have companies that are engaged in each of our target industries – aviation, composites, biotech, IT, and renewable energy. Additionally, the private sector has invested about $150 million in the redevelopment, creating even more jobs for folks in the construction and service trades.
This project has also had a significant impact on the bottom lines of the host towns – Brunswick and Topsham. Redevelopment activities have added more than $65 million in valuation to the tax rolls of the Towns of Brunswick and Topsham. MRRA has paid more than $1 million in property taxes. This is revenue that simply wasn’t there when the Navy held these properties.
While it’s important to review our 2014 accomplishments, it’s time to turn the page and get to work in 2015. We look forward to kicking off the New Year with the opening of TechPlace, the new business incubator / technology accelerator. We think TechPlace will be a huge asset for the region and state overall. Meantime, there is still plenty to be done at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park with our usual economic development efforts, buildings that need to be maintained, airport improvements, and expensive infrastructure projects.
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TechPlace Nearly Ready to Open
TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator, is slated to open soon. As this is being written, workers are putting the finishing touches on Phase I of the project. The initial phase includes more than 20,000 SF of shared office space and with access to shared industrial space. TechPlace is located at 74 Orion Street in the former Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department building next to Hangar 4. We already have 10 businesses set to move in. The facility is designed for innovative, early-stage and startup manufacturing companies focused on aerospace/aviation, biotech/biomed, composites/advanced materials, and renewable energy. At TechPlace, companies will have access not only to inexpensive work space, but business resources and mentoring programs all under one roof. Tenants will begin moving in this month. We expect to have a grand opening event in the early spring. A TechPlace website, separate from MRRA’s, is also close to launching. You can find it at techplacemaine.us
Airport Land Available for Building Your Own Hangar
Great aviation business opportunities await you at Brunswick Executive Airport. There are now more than 30 aircraft based at BXM and the increase in air traffic (more than 13,000 air operations in 2014) has put a strain on our general aviation hangar space. Our new T-hangars are completely full with a two-year waiting list. With continued growth forecast for BXM and other airport infrastructure improvements in the pipeline, this is a good time to consider building a hangar at BXM, either for your own plane, or to lease GA space to others. We have up to 12 acres available in the northern tarmac area of the airport for hangar construction. Multiple hangar styles would work well on these lots, including condo-style, T-hangars, or box hangars. Give us a call to learn more about this opportunity.
Brunswick Landing Property Sales Continue at Brisk Pace
In November we closed on the sale of Building 54 (8 Leavitt Drive) and Building 639 (4 Leavitt Drive), along with approximately 12 acres of land to Doug and Linda Cardente. Building 54 (30,000 SF) is currently home to RollEase and the American Bureau of Shipping, a pair of rapidly growing companies, which between them have more 30 employees. Building 639 is the smaller brick building (2,335 SF) next door to the west of 54. Cardente is the sixth developer to invest in property at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. Others include George Schott / Affordable Midcoast Housing, Priority Real Estate Group, Tom Wright, Mitch Rousseau, and JHR Development. We’re pleased to be able to work with so many quality developers. They deserve praise for their entrepreneurial spirit and willingness to take a risk. We still have plenty of inventory available and we continue to receive surplus property from the feds as it is found suitable for transfer. See MRRA property listings for more information »
Featured Property: Building 231
The former Navy Air Traffic Control Tower (Building 231) is now available for redevelopment. MRRA received the property earlier in the fall from the Navy. The 15,661 SF building with a 100-foot tower is located at 417 Allagash Ave. on the west side of the property across the airfield from the terminal and Hangar 6 at the end of the former cross-wind runway. It is one of the newest buildings on campus and has more than 5,000 SF of premium office space on the ground floor. It includes a large parking lot and an obstacle course nearby for training. Building 231 is a very secure and isolated facility and is surrounded by a perimeter fence. It is well suited for aerospace and aviation special projects. Give us a call or visit our website for more information »
Building 209 Demolition Complete
The former lighting vault facility at the corner of Seahawk Ave. and Orion Street has been leveled. The removal of this obsolete 2,300 SF building was part of the Brunswick Executive Airport Capital Improvements Program, which is funded by monies from the FAA’s Military Airports Program. A new lighting vault facility has been constructed on the edge of the tarmac inside the airport fence across the street from the old one. The new system is more energy efficient and will be easier to maintain. With the building gone, a nice level piece of land is ready for redevelopment adjacent to the airport near the Terminal Building. More information about this project »
Great State of Maine Air Show Tickets Available
The Blue Angels are coming on Sept. 5-6, Labor Day weekend, as the featured attraction at the Great State of Maine Air Show at Brunswick Executive Airport. The show is being put on by the Air Show Network. Tickets are available on their website at greatstateofmaineairshow.us or by calling 805-684-0155, ext. 17. The Blue Angels visited BXM last month for a pre-show walk-through and debriefing. Purchase tickets online »
Fitness Trail Restoration Continues
The Seeds of Independence work crews are rebuilding the former Navy fitness trail, which meanders through woodlands on the east side of Brunswick Landing. The Navy built a jogging trail circuit with 20 fitness stations, but over the years, due to neglect, it has deteriorated. Now the trail is shaping up after some much needed TLC. The trail is about 1.5 miles in length and has exercise stations every few hundred yards at which runners may stop for quick upper-body and core workouts, such as sit-ups, push-ups and chin-ups. The trail is open to the public. Access is off Neptune Drive across from the hotel. We’ll have a trail map available fairly soon.
Brunswick Landing Back Gate Closed to Vehicular Traffic for Season
Merriconeag Road from Mere Creek Golf Course to the Brunswick Sewer District facility (Building 153) at 180 Orion Street has been closed to motor vehicles for the season. We’ve placed “Jersey” barriers at both ends of the road to restrict access. The road, however, remains open to pedestrians, bicyclists, skiers and dog walkers. MRRA doesn’t plow this section of the road in the winter. Motorists are asked to seek alternative routes until spring. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.