Redevelopment News Spring 2018: Employment Approaching 1,700, Five New Companies Open at Brunswick Landing
Redevelopment News, Spring 2018
Executive Director’s Report
Redevelopment at Brunswick Landing continues at rapid pace as the long Maine winter concludes. We now have nearly 1,700 people working at former Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB) properties. By year’s end, we expect to surpass 2,000 jobs created, nearly double what we expected seven years into the redevelopment project! There are 110 entities doing business at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. About a third of those are businesses new to the State of Maine. Since our last newsletter, five more companies – Quahog Bay Bedding, Oaks and Maple Café, Linwood Greenleaf and Sons Construction, Center for Diagnostic Imaging, and HERE Engineering opened for business here. Additionally, we are close to signing new leases for space with several other growing firms. Aside from job creation and new companies, we christened the new 1.5MW solar photovoltaic generation facility on Jan. 9th with a ribbon cutting ceremony. On Jan. 18th, MRRA had the honor of presenting the Midcoast Real Estate Report at the annual MEREDA forecast in Portland. The event gave MRRA a chance to showcase Brunswick Landing and discuss how redevelopment activities at the former NASB are a key catalyst in the growth of the region’s real estate market. When the base closure was announced back in 2005 many feared the real estate demand and property values would plummet. While the closure had a short-term impact, the commercial and residential markets have rebounded. This is evident by a number of exciting new commercial developments in the Cooks Corner area and nearly full occupation of all the former Navy housing. Over 230 of these units have been sold to private individuals, to date. In addition, several new commercial and residential projects are in the planning stages. You may view the Midcoast MEREDA Real Estate Report on our website to learn more.
MRRA Board of Trustees Key to Successful Redevelopment
MRRA is very fortunate to have a high-quality Board of Trustees to provide oversight and strategic leadership for the redevelopment project. The Board of Trustees is an 11-member body. Trustees are appointed by the governor. The Commissioner of the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development is an ex-officio member of the board. Likewise, the Executive Directors of MRRA and the Loring Development Authority have reciprocal arrangements as ex-officio members on one another’s boards. Our current trustees include: John Peters (Chair); Rita Armstrong (Vice Chair/Treasurer); Lois Skillings (Secretary); John Moncure; John Kilbourne; Sharon Eggleston; Lennie Burke; Nick Nichols; George Gervais (DECD Commissioner); Carl Flora (Executive Director, LDA). Read more about the board and its talented members here.
Levesque Named Mainebiz Business Leader of Year in Non-profit Category
MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque received a nice honor on March 19th when Mainebiz named him “2018 Business Leader of the Year” in the non-profit sector. He joined Josh Broder, CEO of Tilson Technologies, and Kathy Leonard, CEO of Auburn Manufacturing, on the cover of Mainebiz’s Business Leaders of the Year issue. Steve has overseen redevelopment activities since 2007 when MRRA first was created by the Maine State Legislature to implement the Reuse Master Plan for the Naval Air Station Brunswick properties. Steve credits an excellent reuse plan and cooperation among key strategic partners for the success MRRA has had in redeveloping NASB, which closed in 2011. Also key, says Steve is continued community input and support, the focus on sustainability, the location and the “amazing team” that makes up the MRRA staff. Read Mainebiz story »
Featured Property: Hangar 6 (2 Pegasus Street) Premium Office Space
We have new office space available at 2 Pegasus Street, the home of Hangar 6, our largest facility at nearly 170,000 SF. Built in 2005 to accommodate the new P-8 Poseidon aircraft (essentially a Boeing 737), the Navy spared no expense with Hangar 6. We have about 12,000 SF of Class A office space available, including MRRA’s former offices on the second floor. Businesses may lease individual offices or combine and customize spaces into a nice executive suite. Also available in Hangar 6 are sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) rooms for the handling of classified information, confidential material, and data analysis. Lease rates start at $8 / square foot NNN. Additionally, we expect to have several thousand square feet of hangar bay space available for aircraft businesses in Hangar 6 West in May. Learn more about the available space »
Brunswick Landing Solar Array Goes Live, Generating 1.5 Megawatts
In January, the 1.5-megawatt solar photovoltaic system went online and is now generating electricity. That means MRRA is now supplying 100 percent green power to Brunswick Landing customers with a combination of on-site generation (solar and biogas) and wind power brought to campus over Central Maine Power’s transmission and distribution system. The new solar array, with its 4,500 panels, is located on the north end of the Brunswick Executive Airport on about five acres. ReVision Energy installed the system and it is owned by Diversified Communication with whom MRRA has a power-purchase agreement. The project was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture via its Rural Development program. MRRA has the option to purchase the system after six years. Read about the solar project here.
TechPlace Composites Layup Facility Shaping Up Nicely
TechPlace businesses and affiliated companies will soon have access to a shared composites manufacturing space located in the new industrial suite at 74 Orion Street (former Building 250). Some of the features include: portable fume extractors; ductless fume hood; vacuum pumps; new state of the art paint booth; composites curing oven; freezer; lay-up tables; chemical storage area; fabric cutting machinery; scale; mixer and clean, compressed air. The layup facility is about ready with an expected opening in May. MRRA received grant monies from the Maine Technology Institute to pay for some of the upgrades.
Airport Work Continues with Hangars 4 and 5 Renovations Nearly Complete
Brunswick Executive Airport improvements continue despite a very challenging winter. This was one of the snowiest winters we’ve had in quite some time. With back-to-back nor’easters in March, our snow plow crew was very busy. Thankfully, in 2016, we built a new snow barn for snow removal equipment storage and repair, which has proven to be a cost-effective measure and has freed up space in Hangar 5. Renovation work on Hangars 4 and 5 should be wrapped up by late spring with Hangar 4 ready for occupancy in May. More than $5 million is being invested in painting, new lighting, insulation, ADA compliant bathrooms in Hangar 5 and a new addition with about 20,000 SF off shop and office space for Hangar 4. The hangars would be excellent facilities for maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of large aircraft or manufacturing activities.