Redevelopment Newsletter: TechPlace Project Kicks Off



Touching Base With the Director

SteveMaine summers are notoriously short. This summer has been no exception. It has flown by because we’ve been so busy with redevelopment activities at Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park. One of the highlights of the summer occurred September 4th when we officially kicked off the TechPlace project with a wall-breaking ceremony in front of former Navy Building 250, the new home of Brunswick Landing’s Technology Accelerator. TechPlace is scheduled to open in December after about $1.5 million in renovations. It will host innovative startups and early stage companies in the fields of advanced materials, aviation/aerospace, biotech, and renewable energy. Entrepreneurs will have access to favorable lease rates in a shared work space environment. Phase I of this project, which is partially funded by federal monies from President Obama’s “Make It in America Challenge,” will create about 20,000 SF of shared office space and product research prototyping labs. We’re particularly pleased to be working with so many outstanding partners on this project, including Coastal Counties Workforce, Inc., Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Town of Brunswick, the Maine State Department of Economic and Community Development, the Economic Development Administration, Maine Technology Institute, Southern Maine Community College, and the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development to name a few.

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TechPlace project kicks off

DECD Commissioner George Gervais, TechPlace Administrator Kristine Schuman, Town of Brunswick Council Chair Benet Pols, State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, Rep. Mike Michaud and MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque get ready to demolish a ceremonial wall in front of TechPlace.

MRRA Sells Oxford Network Buildings to George Schott in $5.1 Million Deal

Oxford Networks Data CenterLast month, MRRA closed on a couple of property sales. We sold Building 87 (52,513 SF) and Building 43 (1,156 SF) to Affordable Midcoast Housing, owned by George Schott, for $5.1 million. The buildings are currently being leased by Oxford Networks for its growing data center business. With the sale of the buildings, which are both located on Resilient Circle, MRRA now owns 957,857 SF of building space. George, incidentally, has been an active buyer of former Navy property. Last December, George purchased Building 750, the former 115,000 SF Navy Transient Visitor Quarters and Hotel. In August, he sold the building to Mitch Rousseau, who plans to turn it into apartments and an assisted living facility for the elderly — an excellent re-use of what used to be the second largest hotel in the state.

Wild Oats Bakery & Café Expands, Opens First Eatery at Brunswick Landing

Brunswick Landing’s growing population of tenants and students has longed for a restaurant here for the past couple of years. They finally got their wish on Sept. 2nd when Wild Oats Bakery & Café opened for business at 90 Pegasus Street, the former Navy veterinarian clinic, owned by Tom Wright. Wild Oats, which also has a business downtown, serves breakfast and lunch at the restaurant and offers plenty of seating both inside and on an outdoor patio. Wild Oats has an extensive menu. They are known for great soup, sandwiches, salads, smoothies, and dozens of dessert options. They bake their own bread and use mostly locally sourced produce, including some they are growing themselves in vegetable gardens next to the eatery. Visit Wild Oats website for more info. »

Featured Property: Hangar 5 at Brunswick Executive Airport

Hangar 5

Hangar 5 is the second largest building at Brunswick Landing at 163,454 SF. It is easily recognizable because of its massive size and unique steel superstructure on the roof, which can be seen from miles away. Hangar 5’s South Bay and Middle Bay are currently available for lease. These spaces are well-suited for manufacturing of aircraft and aerospace components or for maintenance, repair and overhaul of aircraft. The South Bay is 83,775 SF and has 44-foot doors. It can fit three 737s or similar sized planes. The Middle Bay is 23,292 SF and will fit a Global Express or similar-sized plane. Both bays have premium office space available as well. Give us a call if you’d like more information about this property. View property and download spec. sheet on MRRA website »

Bath Road Security Fence Removed; Low-Profile Guard Rail Installed

Bath Road fenceWorkers have been busy this month at the front of Brunswick Landing. The outer security chain link fence, including posts and barbed wire, along Bath Road was removed by volunteers. A new low-profile wooden guardrail is being installed in its place. This project covers about two thirds of a mile from the old SeaBee Complex west to the property owned by Bowdoin College. Material from the old fence, originally installed by the Navy, is being recycled. Removal of the fence, which was unnecessary for a general aviation airport, will result in improved views of the airfield for motorists using Bath Road as we look to continually beautify the property. New gateway signage at the property entrance and along Bath Road will be installed this fall. More details on fence project »

MRRA Moves from Hangar 6 to New Offices at 15 Terminal Road

BXM viewWe’ve moved! In August, MRRA relocated from Hangar 6 to the former Control Tower and Air Operations Terminal Building at 15 Terminal Road. The 22,409 SF building received about $2 million in renovations, including a new roof. MRRA’s administrative and airport offices are on the second floor. FlightLevel Aviation, Brunswick Executive Airport’s Fixed Base Operator, is located on the first floor. As always, we welcome visits from the public. More details and map »

Other Redevelopment News

Beltane Solar Launches Brunswick Landing Testing Facility: Beltane Solar, a Topsham start-up, is leasing space in the former Building 553 (166 Orion Street) for prototyping a new product. This innovative company is developing technology that will economically produce electrical power, hot, and fresh water using solar energy. More about Beltane Solar »

MRRA Hosts Open House, Barbecue: MRRA held its annual open house on Aug. 19th with a barbecue and bus tours of Brunswick Landing and a raffle for several prizes. It was a well attended event. More than 100 folks, mostly from the Brunswick area, attended and enjoyed MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque’s redevelopment update along with burgers and hot dogs from Finest Kind. Read Steve’s update »

MRRA Receives New Control Tower from the Navy: On August 11th, MRRA received the deed to former Navy Building 231 – the air traffic control tower on the west side of the airfield, and 10.5 acres of land. This 15,661 SF building is one of the Public Benefit Conveyances (PBC) MRRA has received for Brunswick Executive Airport.

View photos of the Tower »

Bowdoin College Solar Project Update: Work continues on the Bowdoin College solar project adjacent to Brunswick Executive Airport. The college is using land it acquired from the Navy via a Public Benefit Conveyance to build a massive solar array with 4,500 solar panels and capability to generate 1.2 megawatts of power at full capacity. It is the largest such project in the State of Maine. Read more about the solar project »

Meeting Minutes

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