Northland Enterprises Bayside development continues to grow

PORTLAND — Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness is the latest business to locate in Northland Enterprises’ Bayside property that was once Century Tire. (Direct link to Mainebiz article.)

The compounding pharmacy, owned and operated by Joe Lorello, Cassi Brooks and Stephen Drapeau, has moved from 84 Marginal Way down the street to Century Plaza, at 29 Marginal Way. The group bought Apothecary By Design’s retail pharmacy in 2016, establishing an independent pharmacy and wellness center.

PHOTO / MAUREEN MILLIKEN Leavitt's Deli moved into a renovated building at 200 Kennebec St. in Portland at the end of the year, part of Northland Enterprises Bayside investments, which also includes Century Plaza (at right)

PHOTO / MAUREEN MILLIKEN
Leavitt’s Deli moved into a renovated building at 200 Kennebec St. in Portland at the end of the year, part of Northland Enterprises Bayside investments, which also includes Century Plaza (at right)

Other businesses that have located at Century Plaza since Northland acquired and redeveloped the property in 2015, are Chipotle Mexican Grill, T-Mobile and Orangetheory Fitness.

Coastal Pharmacy has leased a 2,900-square-foot space on the site, which also is accessed from Kennebec Street.

There are two remaining leasable spaces in the complex — 1,375 square feet between Coastal and T-Mobile, and 1,900 square feet in the second building, off Kennebec Street next to Orange Theory Fitness, according to Josh Benthien, a partner with Northland.

Along with the Century Tire site, Northland acquired 1 Marginal Way, 200 Kennebec St. and 202 Kennebec St. for redevelopment.

The first of those to be developed is the 1,700 square feet at 200 Kennebec St. Leavitt & Sons Deli, of Falmouth, opened its second location there at the end of last year.

The brick building, across Kennebec Street from Century Plaza, had most recently been used as a Century Tire warehouse. A lease agreement with deli owner Peter Leavitt, whose first location is at 37 Depot Road in Falmouth, on the corner of U.S. Route 1, in early 2017.

“The deli is really doing well, and I’m glad to see it,” Benthien said. He said the addition of Leavitt & Sons advances Northland’s effort to help the neighborhood and the city revitalize Bayside.

“The entire Bayside neighborhood is really coming along, and this is one more locally owned enterprise” he said. “As we looked for the right tenant, we felt that was an important factor for the character of the area. Leavitt’s definitely adds some local charm.”

He said that 2,000 square feet above Enterprise Rent-A-Car at adjacent 1 Marginal Way is also available.

He said that of the 12 leasable spaces Northland has, the two at Century Plaza and the second-floor space at 1 Marginal Way are the only ones unoccupied.

The Northland developments are part of a larger investment effort into the West Bayside neighborhood in the past few years.

BAYSIDE UPDATE: Popular deli open and thriving

Northland Enterprises continues effort to bolster neighborhood

Leavitt & Sons Deli is helping to build a neighborhood feel in the Bayside section of Portland.

Leavitt & Sons Deli is helping to build a neighborhood feel in the Bayside section of Portland.

(Portland, Maine) Leavitt & Sons Deli (www.LeavittAndSons.com) recently opened in Portland’s burgeoning Bayside neighborhood, at 200 Kennebec Street, across the street from Century Plaza.

(VIDEO REPORT, CLICK HERE.)

Kennebec Street is the second location for Leavitt & Sons. In 2017 Northland Enterprises, LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, redeveloped the building and reached a lease agreement with owner Peter Leavitt, whose first location is just off U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth, at 37 Depot Road. Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland, said the addition of Leavitt & Sons advances Northland’s effort to help the neighborhood and the city revitalize Bayside.

“The deli is really doing well, and I’m glad to see it,” Benthien said. “The entire Bayside neighborhood is really coming along, and this is one more locally-owned enterprise. As we looked for the right tenant, we felt that was an important factor for the character of the area. Leavitt’s definitely adds some local charm.”

The deli joins other businesses that Northland has attracted to the neighborhood, including Chipotle, Orange Theory Fitness, and a T-Mobile retail store. Benthien said he has also recruited Coastal Pharmacy to the neighborhood, another locally-owned business that he expects to be open in late January or early February.

Northland Enterprises has been managing and re-developing commercial real estate since 2001, in Maine communities and several others in the northeast Unites States. It is based in Portland, Maine.

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BAYSIDE UPDATE: Century Plaza welcomes local tenant

Screen Shot 2018-03-08 at 2.20.04 PM(Portland, Maine) Earlier this year Northland Enterprises, LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, helped Coastal Pharmacy & Wellness complete its move to Century Plaza at 29 Marginal Way, at the opposite end of a building that also hosts a Chipotle restaurant.

The pharmacy has detailed its reason for the move, which was also an expansion, on its web site.

“We are very happy to have a locally-owned business in that space, and the three partners were great to collaborate with,” said Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland Enterprises. “This is more local flavor added to this revitalized neighborhood, which is what the neighbors have been telling us they want.”

Coastal Pharmacy and Wellness is joined at Century Plaza by Chipotle, Orange Theory Fitness and a T-Mobile retail store. Northland has been redeveloping the former Century Tire property for several years, after the local landmark closed in February 2014 after almost 90 years in business on Marginal Way.

Benthien said two more spaces are available for lease at Century Plaza.

Northland Enterprises has been managing and re-developing commercial real estate since 2001, in Maine communities and several others in the northeast Unites States. It is based in Portland, Maine.

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Please thank firefighters in your town, TODAY

As many of you know, there was a fire in Sanford on Friday that caught the attention of the entire New England region. In fact, “fire” is probably the wrong word. “Conflagration” is far more apt.

As is being reported today, the blaze was the work of three arsonists. If you watch this drone footage of the blaze, you can see for yourself how mammoth the challenge of fighting this fire was. Just a few years ago, Northland re-developed the Sanford Mill. The project won a Phoenix Award for mill rehab, and today it is a beehive of activity in that City’s downtown. It is on Washington Street, just a stone’s throw from the mill fire that took place on River Street.

This fire very easily could have spread. But the professional career firefighters of the Sanford Fire Department made sure that it did not. They kept it in check, and thankfully nobody was injured. We would like to recognize the courage of every member of the Department, and express our heartfelt appreciation for all that you do on behalf of Sanford residents. Many properties and lives were at risk. This could have been much, much worse but it was not — and Northland would like to express its gratitude. We are quite sure that we are not alone in sharing these sentiments.

Commercial real estate pushing Portland’s West Bayside forward

Mainebiz magazine reporter Laurie Schreiber recently wrote a very thorough article about commercial real estate development that is helping to transorm Portland’s West Bayside neighborhood. “A growing number of retail and residential offerings are attracting visitors and prospective residents to the area between Congress Street and Marginal Way,” according to Schreiber.

The article reviews some of many new economic development projects that have been transforming that part of town, including Century Plaza, which Northland has been developing for several years now.

The solid forward momentum is likely continue, as the City of Portland moves forward with its plans to sell seven public works parcel. This property includes land and buildings and totals four acres. The city is in the process of putting these assets on the market, which could lead to further revitalization in the next several years, between Portland, Parris, Alder and Kennebec streets. The city says its goal is to stimulate private sector investment for 24/7 mixed-use development such as small retail or residential.

For the full Mainebiz article, CLICK HERE.

More commercial real estate development has also led to more residential units, like these 55 new apartments on Treble Street. The City has experienced a housing crunch for many years.

More commercial real estate development has also led to more residential units, like these 55 new apartments on Treble Street. The City has experienced a housing crunch for many years.

BAYSIDE UPDATE: Popular deli opening second location

Northland Enterprises continues effort to bolster neighborhood

(Portland, Maine) A busy, locally-owned eatery in Falmouth will be opening a second location in Portland’s burgeoning Bayside neighborhood, at 200 Kennebec Street, across the street from Century Plaza.

Levitt & Sons Deli is coming to Portland, Maine.

Peter Leavitt loves making great food.

Northland Enterprises, LLC, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, announced that it has reached a lease agreement with Leavitt & Sons, a popular deli just off U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth, at 37 Depot Road. Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland, said the addition of Leavitt & Sons advances Northland’s effort to help community efforts to revitalize Bayside.

“This is a distinctive eatery, locally-owned by somebody with a great reputation, and who consistently puts out a quality product,” Benthien said. “We know our neighbors are encouraging a community feel in this area, and this will help.”

(Take a look at Levitt’s menu HERE.)

Peter Leavitt owns and operates the Falmouth deli, and said he will personally direct the company’s expansion. “Leavitt’s and Bayside are a perfect match. I like the visibility there, and the positive energy that is very obvious in that area. Bayside is clearly on the upswing,” Leavitt said. Leavitt expects to open for business later in 2017. The deli will join other businesses that Northland has attracted to the neighborhood, including Chipotle and a T-Mobile retail store. Century Plaza is the former Century Tire property on Marginal Way. Century Tire closed in February 2014 after almost 90 years in business.

Northland Enterprises has been managing and re-developing commercial real estate since 2001, in Maine communities and several others in the northeast Unites States. It is based in Portland, Maine.

Commercial real estate development in Portland, Maine.

Leavitt & Sons Deli is opening a Portland location in 2017.

Commercial real estate update, West Bayside

The West Bayside neighborhood in Portland, Maine continues to rebound. We always try to leave things better than we find them, and we also try to keep taxpayers informed in all the communities in which we do business. If you’d like a quick update, here’s a video report from Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland Enterprises.

UPDATE: commercial real estate, Portland, Maine

We are in front of the Planning Board tomorrow night, September 20th, a key milestone. We’ve worked with the City of Portland for three years now on the redevelopment of the old Elks building on outer Congress Street. This key gateway to the city — right outside the airport — will host new businesses, generate new tax revenue and help Portland make a good first impression on visitors. It will also keep many jobs here that would otherwise move outside the city. The planning process is almost finished, and construction should start in early 2017. In this video, Josh Benthien updates the taxpayers of Portland.

“Five Guys” finishing Augusta redevelopment

NORTHLAND SIGNS “FIVE GUYS,” COMPLETING IMPORTANT AUGUSTA REVELOPMENT PROJECT

(Augusta, Maine) Northland Enterprises, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, has announced that the redevelopment of the former Kennebec Journal property on Western Avenue will soon be complete.

Five Guys Burgers and Fries has signed a lease to occupy the last remaining space at the complex. Construction on the space will begin shortly, and it is anticipated that the restaurant will be open for business in the early autumn. A Northland official said the owner of the Augusta restaurant already operates a Five Guys franchise in Portland that has proven to be very popular.

“We turned down several potential tenants for that prime space, because the feedback we got from Augusta community leaders was that they wanted something distinctive there,” said Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland. “Five Guys definitely fits the bill, and I think they’ll do well in that very visible location.”

Benthien published a YouTube video recently commenting on the completion of the Western Avenue redevelopment project. Five Guys Burgers and Fries started in Washington D.C. in 1986, and features hand-formed burgers and fresh-baked buns. The company now has more than 1,000 stores in 47 states and six Canadian provinces. On its web site, the company proclaims that, “there are over 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at Five Guys.”

Northland acquired the former Kennebec Journal property in 2011. Today Journal Square leases space to a Goodwill store, a Men’s Warehouse, a Supercuts, a US Cellular retail store, Starbuck, and the regional headquarters for Bangor Savings Bank. Five Guys Burgers and Fries will occupy 2,425 square feet that were specifically designed for a food user. It is centrally located in the project, between Supercuts and US Cellular. The restaurant will have an outdoor patio, facing Western Avenue.

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Chipotle big step forward in Marginal Way makeover

(Portland, Maine) Chipotle Mexican Grill has opened at 45 Marginal Way, the first new business open to the public in a redeveloped business complex planned by Northland Enterprises of Portland.

Chipotle is a popular chain of fast food restaurants that operates in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany and France. The restaurant will be joined on the property by a T-Mobile retail store, and according to a Northland official, the two will be the anchor tenants at the property, which is now called Century Plaza.

“It’s always exciting to see business come to life in an area that’s being redeveloped,” said Josh Benthien, who along with his business partner Rex Bell is a principal owner of Northland. “Since the closing of Century Tire, the neighbors have been eager to see the area bounce back. It’s been a complex project, but we’ve worked closely together with Portland City Hall, and it’s nice to see that work come to fruition.”

Benthien has released a “report to the community” on YouTube, detailing his company’s redevelopment activities in the area. (LINK: https://youtu.be/ZERTFURDVG8)

Northland purchased the former Century Tire property from Atlantic Bayside Investments in 2015. In addition to the Century Tire site, Northland also acquired 1 Marginal Way, 200 Kennebec Street and 202 Kennebec Street, all of which it plans to redevelop. Century Tire closed in February 2014 after almost 90 years in business at 45 Marginal Way.

Commercial real estate developer makes progress at 45 Marginal Way, Portland, Maine.

Northland Enterprises has been working hard on the rebound happening right now on Marginal Way in Portland, Maine.Josh Benthien issues community update