Northland hires Conor Beliveau

Northland Development hires Conor Beliveau

Conor Beliveau, our new Development Officer, is a great addition to the Northland team!

(Portland, Maine) Conor Beliveau has joined Northland Enterprises as a Development Officer.

Beliveau joins the Northland team having previously worked as the marketing director at a commercial mill property in southern Maine. He is a licensed real estate broker. At Northland, Beliveau will participate deal structuring and underwriting, acquisitions, marketing, and tenant relations.

A Maine native, Beliveau has also worked as a commercial fisherman and an organic farmer. He is an avid athlete and outdoorsman who enjoys telemark skiing, surfing, tennis, ultimate Frisbee and other pursuits.

Great news for Northland clients

(Portland, Maine) Tim Meyer has joined Northland Enterprises as Director of Property Services.

(VIDEO: Northland partners Rex Bell and Josh Benthien welcome Meyer, discuss why having a good property manager is so important.)

Meyer previously spent 12 years at Benchmark Construction in Westbrook as a superintendent. He has also worked with PM Construction in Saco and Ouellette Associates in Brunswick. He currently oversees all subcontractor/vendor assignments at Northland-owned properties, working with company personnel to formulate multi-year plans to achieve energy efficiency and sustainability.

Tim Meyer currently resides in Freeport with Jeanne, his wife and daughter Kelsey and son Willets. He enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors — kayaking, boating, skiing, and spending time at the beach surfing with his kids.

Use of park signals completion of Sanford Mill project

Public using Gateway Park, symbol of collaboration between developer & city

(Sanford, Maine) Developers Josh Benthien and Rex Bell issued a video news release yesterday, marking official completion of the Sanford Mill redevelopment project.

They also revealed that the downtown redevelopment project enabling the construction of newly-opened Gateway Park is contending for a national award, recognizing the significant environmental clean-up completed at a former industrial mill. (CLICK HERE for link to video press release from Josh Benthien and Rex Bell, partners at Northland Enterprises.)

The redevelopment of Sanford Mill took seven years from start to finish, according Benthien. Located at 61 Washington Street, Sanford Mill is a mixed use development that includes both residential units, as well as office and retail space. It’s part of the Sanford Mill Historic District, and is the nearest mill building to the center of the city’s downtown. Benthien said that of the $12 million invested in the project, nearly $11 million went to Maine-based contractors and companies.

As part of the redevelopment, Northland Enterprises also contributed $10,000 earlier this year to help with infrastructure and landscaping needs at Gateway Park, which the Sanford News recently described as “evidence of a revitalizing downtown Sanford.” The park is an approximately 1-acre parcel that allows citizens to enjoy an overlook and waterfall near Number One Pond and the Mousam River, at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Washington Street.

Bell gave high marks to Sanford’s economic development officials, calling them “innovative” and willing to explore “creative ways to make this project work.”

Northland Enterprises was founded in 2001. It is a commercial real estate development company that believes highest and best use of properties is good for communities, tenants and investors.

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Razor-sharp logic examines development facts vs. emotion

A proposal to build senior housing at a former convent on Stevens Avenue has the Portland Press Herald criticizing the critics. (Photo by Derek Davis, staff photographer @ Portland Press Herald.)

A proposal to build senior housing at a former convent on Stevens Avenue has the Portland Press Herald criticizing the critics. (Photo by Derek Davis, staff photographer @ Portland Press Herald.)

This is our third post in less than six months citing a particularly cogent piece of writing by the chief editorial writer at the Portland Press Herald, Greg Kesich. A couple of weeks ago his piece, “Anti-growth mindset leaves Portland with little to build upon, “cited a couple of compelling facts.

In the last few years, Portland’s population has increased less than 1 percent. In the same timespan, the national population grew at more than 3 percent. “If there is crazy population growth, it’s not happening here,” Kesich wrote.

Particularly in Portland, the tone of anti-development rhetoric is often hysterical and irrational. Kesich is right on it, however, and deftly shreds its inherent pomposity. If you’d like to read his entire column, CLICK HERE.

Bayside re-development continues

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Article about the redevelopment of Portland’s Bayside neighborhood. Reported by The Forecaster

By David Harry, The Forecaster, Monday, May 4, 2015 at 2:20 pm

PORTLAND — A developer expects the former Century Tire service center at 45 Marginal Way to be flattened within the next two weeks.

“Our demo guys are ready to roll,” Northland Enterprises principal Josh Benthien said May 1, two days after the announcement his company bought the property and three adjacent parcels on Marginal Way and Kennebec Street.

To read full article in The Forecaster, CLICK THIS LINK.

MAINEBIZ: Developer buys four buildings for Portland’s ‘Century Plaza’ retail project

CLICK ON IMAGE to read the full article by Mainebiz reporter Lori Valigra.

CLICK ON IMAGE to read the full article by Mainebiz reporter Lori Valigra.

(Portland, Maine) Commercial real estate development company Northland Enterprises LLC of Portland said it has bought four properties on Marginal Way and Kennebec Street to make way for a retail mall it has renamed Century Plaza.

Northland bought 45 Marginal Way, a site occupied for 88 years by Century Tire Co. before it closed in February 2014. It also purchased 1 Marginal Way, 200 Kennebec St. and 202 Kennebec St. The total cost to buy the properties and the price to redevelop them will be (CLICK HERE for full MAINEBIZ article.)

Pungent but perceptive observation about Portland, ME

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Press Herald reporter Tom Bell joked that anti-growth forces are on the lookout for editorial writer Greg Kesich.

On a recent Facebook post, Portland Press Herald reporter Tom Bell wrote an amusing faux headline, after his paper’s editor wrote a column about growth in the city of Portland, Maine.

“Liberal editorial writer goes into hiding after pro-growth screed offends everyone but Ed Suslovic.”

Suslovic is a city councilor, of course. And while Bell was exaggerating, he did manage to put his finger on, and amplify, the central point that editorial writer Greg Kesich wanted to make: “Not changing is not one of your choices.” Bell’s comment recognizes how emotional some factions are about growth. In fact, so strident are they that many do not want Portland to change or grow at all. They like things exactly the way they are, thank you very much; hence Bell’s “headline.”

The Kesich column, “Residents of Portland have to get past their aversion to growth” is right on the money, in our opinion. Kesich also made excellent points back in December, when he wrote, “Not building a city doesn’t just happen – you have to work at it.

When we go to work at Northland every day, we try to honor the essence of every municipality in which we work, and make it better. For example, we were able to do this this very successfully with our Sanford Mill project and The Baxter Library project in Portland. Those who are passionate about what is “right” for a city certainly deserve respect for their point of view. But so do those who agree with Kesich. Because no place on earth can ever be better without change.

AUGUSTA: Developer hopes for “quality restaurant”

Commercial real estate developer in Augusta, Maine hoping to lure restaurant to Journal Square

Northland Enterprises is hoping to lure a nice restaurant to Journal Square on Western Avenue.

(Augusta, Maine) Northland Enterprises, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, reported today that although redevelopment of the former Kennebec Journal site is almost finished, the firm is hoping it can lure a locally-owned restaurant to the prime Western Avenue location, now called Journal Square.

“We’ve already turned down a national fast-food chain that wanted to grab the spot, because we heard folks would like to see a good dining option,” said Rex Bell, a founder and partner at Northland. “We’re holding out a little longer for a great restaurant concept because of feedback from the Augusta community. Maybe there’s a Maine chef out there who’s ready to make a splash.”

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, and the regional headquarters for Bangor Savings Bank. Construction is now under way for a stand-alone Starbucks, which is expected to open this summer. Northland said the space, at 2,425 square feet, was specifically designed for a food user, and is the only lease opportunity remaining. It is centrally located in the project, between Supercuts and US Cellular. It has an outdoor patio, facing Western Avenue. Bell said anyone interested in leasing it should contact Conor Beliveau, via e-mail, at conor@northlandus.com, or Joe Porta of CBRE the Boulos Company at jporta@boulos.com.

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. For more information visit www.NorthlandUS.com.

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Developer contemplates collaboration with artist community

Northland Enterprises would like to collaborate with artists in Portland, Maine.

Northland Enterprises would like to work with the arts community to build studio spaces at 200 Kennebec Street in Portland’s Bayside

(Portland, Maine) Northland Enterprises, a commercial real estate development company based in Portland, announced today that it is seeking creative ideas for a building it is acquiring and redeveloping at 200 Kennebec Street, in the Bayside section of the city.

“Consider this a call for entries,” said Josh Benthien, a partner in the firm. “We’re not absolutely sure we’ll go this route, but the nature of this building might lend itself very well to studio space for artists and fine crafts people. Before we put pencil to paper, we thought input from the artistic community would be a great place to start.”

Benthien said the property at 200 Kennebec Street is about 2,700 square feet. The space will feature all new construction, and ideally the building would be ready in the fall of this year. The building is next door to Team 1 Brazilian Ju Jitsu, and across the street from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Northland has ample experience developing and managing commercial, residential, and retail properties throughout Portland and across the state of Maine. It has not built artist spaces before, but it has finished several creative renovations, including refurbishing the former Baxter Library in Portland that now serves as offices for the VIA, Portland’s leading creative advertising agency.

“To be completely honest, we don’t know the recognized leaders of Portland’s artist community, but we’d like to hear from them. We’ve had some initial exploratory discussions, and want to learn more about how the real estate market might adapt to the artistic community, rather than the other way around,” Benthien said.

Benthien said anyone willing to advise Northland on how to move the concept forward should contact his colleague Conor Beliveau, via e-mail, at conor@northlandus.com.

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City park fund gets major boost from developer

U.S. Senator Angus King celebrates the successful completion of the Sanford Mill project with Northland principals Josh Benthien, left, and Rex Bell.

U.S. Senator Angus King celebrates the successful completion of the Sanford Mill project with Northland principals Josh Benthien, left, and Rex Bell.

Sanford recognizes importance of downtown amenities

MEDIA CONTACT: Lee Burnett, grant writer, City of Sanford lburnett@sanfordmaine.org, 207-206-2106 (mobile)

SANFORD – The City of Sanford has received $10,000 from Northland Enterprises of Portland to assist the city with infrastructure and landscaping needs at a new city park.

“Gateway Park” will be an approximately 1-acre parcel that will allow citizens to enjoy an overlook and waterfall near Number One Pond and the Mousam River, at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Washington Street.

The city now has $20,000 in hand and needs to raise another $30,000 to complete work on the park, according to Lee Burnett, the city’s grant writer. Burnett is optimistic that the balance of required funding can be raised by the spring or summer of 2015.

The privately-funded park amenities supplement the city’s contributions, which include acquiring two properties, demolishing two buildings and investing in the park’s infrastructure.

Northland (www.NorthlandUS.com) proposed the donation to Sanford as part of the $12 million renovation of the Sanford Mill (www.SanfordMill.com), a mixed use development that includes both residential units, as well as office and retail space. Northland and the city completed environmental clean-up at the former textile mill in 2009, followed by construction that finished in June of 2013. The project was ready for occupancy in the summer of 2013. Burnett said Northland’s financial commitment to Gateway Park “made a big difference” in Sanford’s ability to secure a federal Community Development Block Grant from the Maine Office of Community Development.

“We’re really appreciate Northland’s support this community project,” Burnett said. “When we finish raising the balance of the money, we can begin working on the landscaping, planters, walkways, lighting and perhaps even a stage area for performances. I think the park is going to contribute very significantly to quality of life in downtown Sanford, and increase overall vitality in the heart of town.”

Burnett said “Gateway Park” could be a temporary placeholder, and that naming rights are still available. He encouraged anyone who would like to help the city reach its $50,000 fundraising goal to contact him by e-mail at lburnett@sanfordmaine.org, or by phone at 207-608-4171. Donations are tax-deductible.

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