Redevelopment Newsletter, March 2015
Touching base with the Director
It’s been an old-fashioned Maine winter with record amounts of snow in many parts of the State. Brunswick Landing has been no exception. If you’ve driven around campus recently, you’ve probably noticed some of our snow banks are more than 10 feet high. They’re so high they obscure the view of some of our largest buildings from the road. That’s particularly true at 74 Orion Street, home of TechPlace, Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator. Hidden behind the massive piles of snow is the recently opened 93,000 square foot facility for early-stage growth companies and startups. TechPlace officially opened for business on January 28th, just a day after a massive Nor’easter dropped about two feet of snow on New England. TechPlace is an exciting project that has been at the core of our reuse plan since base closure. It will pay dividends to the State and Region in the long run. Incubator space for the kinds of innovators we aim to attract to Brunswick Landing is crucial to small business growth and economic development. Target industries for TechPlace include aviation / aerospace, composites / advanced materials, biotech / biomed, and renewable energy. So far, we have five companies already located in TechPlace with another 10 committed to move in. Not everyone will ultimately succeed, but TechPlace will offer the opportunity for startups to give it go without assuming too much risk. And they won’t go it alone. TechPlace will provide business assistance, mentoring and networking events. By working in a collaborative environment, some companies may partner up and re-form with a new business plan via collisions of innovation. One of these new companies could be the next Google or Apple of their industry!
TechPlace Accelerator / Incubator Opens For Business at Brunswick Landing
Phase I of the TechPlace accelerator project is complete. The initial work has resulted in about 20,000 SF of shared office space. TechPlace is being marketed to the startup community and the building is already beginning to take in clients. At TechPlace, entrepreneurs will be able to rent anything from a desk all the way up to 3,000 SF of shop space. It will be a place for innovators to research and develop ideas, build prototypes, test products, assemble, grow, and become successful manufacturing and technology companies. TechPlace includes: co-working office space, co-working manufacturing / prototype lab, warehousing, private office / shop space, shared administrative equipment, shared laboratory, VTC enabled conference rooms, access to business support programs and networking, free WiFi, kitchen privileges, and game room.
For more about TechPlace and to apply for space, visit techplacemaine.us »
Sunray Animal Clinic Moves to New Building on Admiral Fitch Avenue
Priority Real Estate Group wrapped up construction of a 3,640 SF building at 73 Admiral Fitch Avenue in early March. Sunray Animal Clinic moved in to the building on March 9th. This is the first property to be developed under the common development plan for the entrance way to Brunswick Landing. The building, which cost about $1.2 million to construct, includes:
- 4 exam rooms, 1 visiting doctor’s room
- X-ray room
- Surgery room
- Wet table treatment for dentistry
- Drive table treatment
- Dog and cat ward
- Animal wash room
Finishing touches this spring will include painting of the trim, landscaping, and construction of an outdoor dog exercise area.
Visit Sunray Animal Clinic website »
Brunswick Executive Airport Improvements Continue
There are multiple projects going on at the airport this year as part of our Capital Improvements Program. This work is funded primarily by the FAA with monies from the Military Airports Program (MAP). We’ve recently completed the construction of new approach lights. The system has been flight checked and is ready to go. The tree clearing project on the north side of the airfield across Bath Road is about 95 percent complete. A couple more trees need to be removed in order to maintain minimum clearance and then we’ll loam and seed the area in the spring. Renovations to Hangars 4 and 5 are under way. The roof on Hangar 4 is about two thirds complete. Workers are doing a good job despite unfavorable winter conditions with heavy snows and frigid temperatures in January and February. Other upcoming FY15 projects include: removal of center line lights on runway; airport storm water project, pending DEP approval; $2 million Hangar 6 door upgrade with mullion replacement; pavement maintenance; glycol capture system; culvert repair on west side perimeter road.
Visit BXM website for more information »
Snowy Owls Make Return Flight to BXM
The Snowy owls are back and we are trying our best to relocate them off airport property to reduce risks to air traffic. These beautiful birds migrate from the Arctic Circle and have been regulars at the airport the past two winters. These owls are juvenile birds with mottled feathers. Full grown adults are all white. They are being removed from the airport for safety reasons. The USDA wildlife has set bow traps baited with live pigeons to catch the owls and move them inland. So far, four of the six owls have been relocated successfully to central Maine. No birds are harmed during the trapping. The pigeons are released after performing their duty of luring the hungry owls into the trap.
Learn more about snowy owls »
Record Snowfall Keeps Plow Crew Busy
Despite record-breaking snowfall this winter, MRRA’s snow removal activities remain about on budget for the season. As of March 6th, we’ve actually spent less in Fiscal Year 2015 on airport snow removal than we did a year ago in FY14. Surprising, considering the amount of snow we’ve received. Lower than expected fuel prices have helped. Smart planning with good financial management and accurate forecasting have also helped us weather the storms’ wrath for the most part. It should be noted that the Town of Brunswick does not maintain roads at Brunswick Landing. MRRA is responsible for all of the roads (27 miles) on campus. It contracts out plowing of most of Brunswick Landing’s roads, while the airport runway, taxiways and ramp area (about 103 acres) is plowed by MRRA employees. This year, we’ve budgeted about $135,000 for snow removal, but we will probably go over that figure with another storm or two. The amount of snow received per storm doesn’t matter because 2 inches costs the same to plow as 10 inches.
Watch video of snowplow action at the airport »
Featured Property: 145 Allagash Drive
Former Navy Building 632 has recently come available again. It is located near the SeaBee Complex in a quiet, wooded area. It is about 3,200 SF in size with a flexible floor plan. There is a 10′ overhead door and garage / shop space along with a back office. The Butler style building has a partition wall that divides the front area in half between office and shop space. It could easily be removed to open up the entire industrial space. The Navy used this building, one of the last built before the base closed, primarily for firearms training. Envisioned reuses include light manufacturing and professional office. It is an excellent shape overall.
Learn more about the property; view photos, floor plan, spec. sheet »
F-22 Raptor to Make Maine Debut at Air Show
The United States Air Force will be sending the F-22 Raptor to perform demonstrations at the 2015 Great State of Maine Air Show. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels were previously announced as the featured performers of the show, which will take place at Brunswick Executive Airport Labor Day Weekend, September 5th and 6th, 2015. The Raptor, the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft, will be making its first-ever appearance in Maine and one of only 20 North American air shows where the Raptor will perform in 2015.
More information about the show and link to tickets »