Fall Newsletter: Brunswick Landing Filling Up Fast, TechPlace Project, Tempus Jets Arrival

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Touching base with MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque
Steve Levesque

Redevelopment activities continue to be brisk at Brunswick Landing and the Topsham Commerce Park. Since the beginning of September, we’ve welcomed several new businesses to campus and we’re now up to nearly 350 jobs with over 700 committed from just the companies that are here.

The decision by Tempus Jets in September to move its FAA repair facility to Maine was very exciting news indeed. Providence Service Corporation is leasing space in two buildings that were purchased by Topsham developer Priority Group. Providence is now the largest employer at Brunswick Landing with 90 positions. Tri Star Sheet Metal has a temporary lease for the North Bay (50,000 s.f.) of Hangar 5. Altogether, these companies are occupying more than 120,000 square feet. And at the Topsham Commerce Park, we just signed a Purchase and Sale agreement with JHR Development for the reuse of the former Commissary building.

While we’re thrilled to have these buildings put to good use, there is still plenty of good property that are seeking adoption by businesses, including former Navy Buildings 86, 554, and 11. These are quality buildings that are ideal for manufacturing, information technology and biotechnology. We’re working with CBRE/ The Boulos Company of Portland and REMAX Riverside of Topsham, to market some of these buildings. And we continue to work with several new prospects that are interested in expanding their businesses to Maine.

We’re also getting ready to kick off the exciting TechPlace business incubator project now that we’ve been awarded $750,000 in federal funding via President Obama’s ‘Make It in America Challenge’ to help make the building ready for tenants.

Overall, 2013 has been an incredibly exciting year for the redevelopment effort and we expect a strong finish as we approach the holidays.

Feds Award $2 million Grant for TechPlace, Manufacturing Workforce Enhancement

TechplaceMRRA and Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc. (CCWI) have been awarded $2,050,000 in federal funding to support the establishment of an advanced manufacturing accelerator. The U.S. Economic Development Administration is funding $750,000 of the project, while $1.3 million is being awarded to CCWI by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. MRRA’s share — $750,000 — will be matched by pledges of $250,000 apiece by MRRA, Maine DECD, and the Brunswick Development Corp. The total $1.5 million will be used to renovate former Navy Building 250, which will be the new home of TechPlace.

The funding was made possible through a collaborative “Make it in America Challenge” grant, which includes a number of federal agencies coming together to accelerate job creation, worker training, foreign direct investment, and domestic business expansion. View TechPlace photos on MRRA’s Flickr website. Read more about TechPlace »

New Aerial Map Shows Brunswick Landing Property Transactions, Conveyances

Brunswick Landing map of progressWe’ve recently created a new map to help illustrate the redevelopment progress at Brunswick Landing. The map is actually an aerial photograph supplied to MRRA by Wright Pierce.

We have super-imposed color codes over the boundaries of property in various stages of development. The different colors show land and buildings that have been sold (red); deals that are in the works (blue) and active leases (yellow). Gray represents the Public Benefit Conveyances (PBCs).

We will keep the map updated as changes occur. View map here »

New Company: Tempus Jets Lands MRO Business, 25 New Jobs in Hangar 6

Tempus Jets in Brunswick, MaineOn September 8, MRRA held a press conference to announce that Tempus Jet Centers, LLC (Tempus Jets) of Newport News, VA., would relocate its FAA Part 145 Aircraft Repair Station and VIP interior completions business to Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in the east bay of 166,355 s.f. Hangar 6.

Due to the size and excellent material condition of the hangars at BXM, Tempus Jets will be able to expand its aircraft repair and completions business to include large commercial aircraft from Boeing and Airbus.

Tempus will create 25 jobs initially and expects to eventually employ more than 200 workers if its MRO business grows as forecasted. Read more about Tempus Jets announcement »

Providence Corp. Adds 90 Jobs to Growing Brunswick Landing Workforce

ProvidenceProvidence Service CorporationProvidence Service Corporation is now the largest employer at Brunswick Landing with more than 90 positions. Providence, a provider of home-based behavioral health treatment services to children and families in Maine and education and treatment services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, is leasing two buildings owned by Priority Real Estate Group of Topsham.

Providence is using the former Navy Lodge (Building 31) and the former Navy Recreation Center and Bowling alley (Building 583) for the school and administrative offices. The two buildings sit next to one another on the northwest corner of Pegasus Street and Burbank Avenue.

The Mid-Coast Veterans Council is also leasing a portion of Building 583.

$1.3 Million Terminal Building Project Gets Under Way; May Be MRRA’s New HQ

Terminal Building 200Contractor Blaine Casey of Augusta has begun renovations on the old Terminal (Building 200). The Terminal will receive $1.2 million in upgrades, primarily to the interior. Funds from the FAA’s Military Airports Program will be used to pay for the work. Overall, the Terminal is in better shape than some of the buildings here, but it needs to be brought up to current ADA codes and the elevators and HVAC systems will also be redone.

MRRA may move its offices there once the work is complete, probably in the spring. We’re working with the feds to open a U.S. Customs office in the building and we’ll look for a tenant to lease the remaining space. The building is in a great location, right on the ramp with close proximity to the taxiway with splendid views of the airfield, especially from the old control tower.

MRRA Hits Road to Attract Businesses to Brunswick Landing at October Trade Shows

JEC Americas Composites ShowOctober has been a busy travel month for MRRA staff. We’ve attended four trade shows in order to spread word about Brunswick Landing business opportunities.

Bob Rocheleau was at the Data World IT show in Orlando, FL. He met with several prospects in the IT business and touted Building 554, the former Navy Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF). This unique building would be ideal for cyber security, which was a major topic at the conference.

Ben Sturtevant attended the JEC Americas 2013 composites show in Boston with SMCC and the University of Maine’s Advanced Structure and Composites Center. He discussed the Brunswick area’s composites supply chain, great workforce, and cluster of manufacturers with several companies and recommended they consider Building 86 for future business expansion.

Most recently, MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque and Marty McMahon, Airport Manager, attended the National Business Aviation Association show in Las Vegas, one of the biggest and most important in the aerospace industry.

MRRA also had a booth at the Maine Biz Momentum Convention in Augusta, which was well attended by many up and coming Maine companies.

Featured Property: Building 86, Former Navy Ground Support Facility

Building 86This 31,908 s.f. building (former Navy Building 86), located at 54 Orion Street, would make a great facility for an advanced composites product manufacturer. It has direct access to a secured flight line, 14 16-foot overhead doors, overhead gantry cranes, vehicle lifts, paint booth, welding and blast rooms, and some nice office space on the second story mezzanine. In addition, it has 3-phase power, significant single mode fiber connectivity, three phase power and an emergency back-up generator. Take a look at Building 86 spec sheet and set up a tour »

Save the Date: MRRA announces 6th Annual Meeting and Dinner

The MRRA Annual Dinner will be held Thursday, November 21. The Annual Meeting is at 3 p.m. reception and dinner will follow around 5 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park Street Freeport, Maine. Please call the hotel (207-865-1433) by Nov. 8 for MRRA discount group rate. Email Kathy Paradis or call 207-798-6512 to RSVP or download printable form here. Tickets are $50 per person (seating is limited).

This year’s guest speaker is David Drozd, former Director of U.S. Navy’s BRAC Program Management Office East. It should be a great time. We hope you’ll join us.

Meeting Minutes

See a complete list of meeting minutes for board meetings and special meetings back to January 2008.