Redevelopment Newsletter: Brunswick Landing Bustling With Activity This Fall
Touching base with the Director
It’s been an incredibly busy fall at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. Where to start? There have been several significant property transactions since September 1st with a couple of other deals near completion. Brunswick Landing is humming with activity these days. We have four large construction projects going on as this is being written. Priority Group has recently broken ground on a new animal clinic. Hardypond Construction is renovating about 20,000 SF of Building 250 for the $1.5 million Phase I TechPlace accelerator/incubator project. KOBO is constructing new lighting vaults and approach lighting systems on the airport. Rousseau Enterprises is renovating the former Navy Hotel (Building 750) for an elderly housing facility. There are several smaller projects under way as well. We expect to kick off a couple of large airport projects soon: a new snow removal equipment facility and a new roof for Hangar 4.
MRRA staff has been busy marketing property to potential clients. We attended five tradeshows in a three-week span last month as part of our business attraction efforts. We made good contacts at all of the shows, which covered some of our target industries — aviation/aerospace, composites/ advanced materials, information technology, and renewable energy. It’s great to be busy, but we look forward to the holidays, which kick off next week with our Annual Meeting and Dinner on November 19th. Tickets are still available, but you’ll want to reserve soon as time is running out.
New Business: Blue Dog Daycare Opens in Former SeaBee Complex
Brunswick Landing businesses and employees now have a doggie daycare service on campus. Blue Dog Daycare opened its doors on November 3rd at 41 Acadia Street (former Building 635). New owner Meghan Osborne is offering all-day dog care for $20 and a half-day for $15. You can also purchase frequent buyer cards at a discount. Dog owners are asked to call to set up an orientation and provide documentation of shots. More information is available at thebluedogdaycare.com.
MRRA Restoring Grassland Habitat While Improving Airport Safety
MRRA recently completed a tree-clearing project on airport property to the north of Bath Road near Jordan Avenue. MRRA removed trees in order to meet FAA obstruction clearance requirements and maintain approach minimums and night approaches on Runway 1R. Several large trees were chopped down to keep the airport in compliance. In the process, we restored critical sand plain grassland habitat for some of the endangered species found on MRRA lands and airport property. With the removal of the trees and reconstruction of the north runway blast pad extension, which was jackhammered, MRRA has added about 18 acres of habitat for the endangered sand plain grassland bird species, including the grasshopper sparrow and upland sandpiper. Read story »
MRRA Keeping Power Costs Lower Than Average With New 3-Year Deal
There is good news for Brunswick Landing businesses who receive their electricity from MRRA. There will be no electricity price increases for the next three years. In August 2014, MRRA signed a new power purchase agreement to buy electricity at a fixed price of $0.05185 per kilowatt hour for 37 months. Adding in the distribution charges we pay to Central Maine Power to get the electricity to campus, we expect to be able to deliver electricity to Brunswick Landing customers for about $0.10 per kilowatt hour, lower than the average cost off campus. We’re pleased to be able to pass these savings on to our tenants. Learn more »
MRRA Pays Navy $1.5 Million in EDC Revenue Sharing Agreement
In October, MRRA sent a check for $1,497,193.75 to the U.S. Navy as part of a revenue sharing agreement stipulated in the economic development conveyance (EDC) of former Naval Air Station Brunswick property to MRRA. With this latest payment, MRRA has now paid the United States just over $4.5 million as it continues to successfully redevelop surplus property that was previously owned by the Navy.
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MRRA Staff Attends Five Tradeshows in October
October was a very busy month indeed for MRRA staff engaged in business attraction efforts. We attended five tradeshows, including three in one week in Orlando, FL. We brought our new TechPlace display to two tradeshows in Maine – Techwalk in Bangor and Mainebiz Momentum Convention in Portland. MRRA staff was on hand for the Composites and Advanced Materials Exhibition, Data Center World, and the National Business Aviation Association show, all held at the massive Orange County Convention Center in Orlando over a roughly 8-day span.
Oxford Networks Unveils Large Scale Data Center Expansion, Creates New Jobs
Oxford Networks officially opened its expanded Data Center on Sept. 16th at its high-security location at Brunswick Landing. The over $6 million expansion has increased the computing footprint by a total of 10,000 square feet – and has resulted in 12 new highly-skilled positions. The Data Center is now able to better serve the needs of customers across the country looking to safeguard their business critical information against cyber threats, natural disasters and utility failures. Steve Levesque, MRRA’s Executive Director, was one of several officials to speak at the event. Read Oxford Networks press release »
Featured Property: 18 Atlantic Avenue
Building 223 is our latest property conveyance from the Navy. It is the former Navy NMCI building, which was the network hub for the former Naval Air Station Brunswick. The facility features 5,730 SF of mixed office space and some open areas for conferences with ample storage space on a mezzanine upstairs. It is located right next to Mölnlycke Health Care’s new plant and only about a block from the airport. Based on its previous use, it would be an ideal facility for an IT company or back office operations for a financial services institution. Learn more »
Urban Renewal: Airport Fuel Farm Tanks Demolished
The twin 800,000-gallon fuel tanks at the former Navy Fuel Farm have been demo-ed and removed by Clark Scrap Metal of Hallowell. The crew is doing a great job on this project, which should wrap up by Nov. 15th. They have a pair of shearers and loaders on site. Once cleaned up, this lot, which is right next to the airport behind Hangar 6, will be suitable for redevelopment. Clark will also be removing some of the large fuel tanks next to Hangar 5, creating even more space for redevelopment. View photos »
RollEase Extends Brunswick Landing Lease Through 2018
RollEase, Inc., a Connecticut based company and the largest independent engineered component manufacturer and distributor in the custom window covering industry, recently signed an extension to its lease at Brunswick Landing. RollEase signed its original lease for 11,234 SF at 8 Leavitt Drive (former Navy Building 54), beginning April 2, 2014 for a one-year term. The new lease is for three additional years with an option for six more. Read story »
New acreage map shows who owns the land at Brunswick Landing. View map »