Signature Projects

The Sanford Mill

61 Washington Street – Sanford, Maine. The Sanford Mill has been transformed into a vibrant mixed use building, home to five commercial tenants and 36 residential apartments. For LEASING INQUIRIES: Wendy Dunton,, 207-502-3833. Click this link to DOWNLOAD TENANT APPLICATION. Here’s our mix of tenants:

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.02.51 PMApartments. At the current time, the beautiful and modern apartments at the Sanford Mill are 100% occupied. (Sorry!) However, vacancies for these highly sought after units do occasionally occur. Please check back periodically.



Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.06.48 PMMill 67 Restaurant. What makes Mill 67 great is the ambience. Sports banter coming from the bartender and television sets hanging on the wall. The wait staff is familiar and informal. A constant stream of locals stop in for drinks, chatting, laughing, waving at friends and making themselves at home. This “gourmet pub” serves comfort food for lunch and dinner, and they’re sure to please!



Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.10.59 PMSaundarya Hair Salon & Day Spa. Sanford’s premiere one stop shop for all things beauty​. They are a full service salon dedicated to offering a pampering experience while nurturing the spirit and relaxing the body and mind. Services include Hair Design, Massage, Facials, Skin Care, Waxing, Body Treatments, Spa, Manicure, Spa Pedicure, Hair Extensions and Keratin Smoothing Treatment. What sets them apart is their commitment to providing quality hair and spa services in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere.


Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.13.51 PMGentiva. This caring and compassionate home health company offers medical services, including wound care and rehabilitation therapy, provided in the comfort of your home, wherever you live. The Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for nearly four decades. Their nurses, therapists and other healthcare professionals are dedicated to educating and empowering patients to take charge of their own care, so they can achieve the highest possible level of health and independence.


Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 12.25.11 PMGreat Bay Services. Supporting self-advocacy and independence, Great Bay is a non-profit 501 (C) (3) human services organization providing education, training and support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Great Bay Services offers many opportunities for personal growth through programming promoted to increase awareness and skill levels in Health and Life skills, the Arts, Volunteerism, Career Development, Technology, Community Integration and Residential Services.


How this award-winning redevelopment happened

Built in 1915, the building sits on the northwest corner of the Sanford Mill Historic District and is the nearest mill building to the center of town. (See photo gallery at bottom of this page.) The historic significance of the building and its prominent location made the Sanford Mill the primary focus of the Town’s efforts to revitalize and transform the mill district. After approaching Northland Enterprises in 2007, the town and Northland developed a long-term redevelopment plan that began in 2008 when the town obtained the Sanford Mill through eminent domain. Northland Enterprises completed the 11.5 Million dollar project in August 2013.

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Click here to read news articles and press releases pertaining to this signature property, including a story about this project winning a prestigious national award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


  • 66,500 SF mixed use mill building in downtown Sanford, Maine
  • The town of Sanford took the property by Eminent Domain in 2008, and worked with, Northland Enterprises, and the EPA to remediate the building.
  • Northland purchased the Mill from the town in November 2011
  • Renovations of the Mill were complete in August of 2013
  • Northland is actively seeking retail or office tenants for the 22,000 sf 1st floor Commercial space.  The two upper floors holds 36 units of apartment units.

Northland identified a redevelopment scenario and converted convert the second and third floors of the Sanford mill into rental housing and the ground floor was converted to commercial and office space.

Impact on community and project area:

The redevelopment of the Sanford Mill has had a dramatic economic and social impact on the neighborhood, downtown Sanford, and the Sanford/Springvale market.
Direct Benefits:

  • Direct ‘hard costs’ investment of more than 7.5MM to downtown Sanford
  • Local hiring initiative of local vendors, and contractors whose workforce is comprised primarily of Sanford residents.
  • Creation of 36 rental units in which 8 of the units will be available to households at or below 50% area median income, 17 units are available to household at or bellow 120% of the area median income and 11 market units, with no income restrictions.
  • Development of 22,000 square feet of competitively priced, profession commercial space.
  • Up to 70 new, permanent residents and 20 to 40 full time employees in downtown Sanford
  • Certified historic rehabilitation of the first mill building in the Sanford mill district.

Given the location, size and scale of the Sanford Mill project, this redevelopment has had an extremely positive impact on downtown merchants, businesses and property owners. Thereby resulting in a significant ‘multiplier effect’ throughout the local economy. Perhaps most importantly, the Sanford Mill project benefits the local community by serving as the first step in redeveloping Sanford’s entire Mill District and, redefining Sanford’s downtown as a vibrant, mixed-used commercial and residential center for Southern Maine.

PARTNERSHIP – Town of Sanford:

  • The town of Sanford not only worked with Northland to acquire the property, but also facilitated the environmental clean up at a cost of nearly $450,000.  The town also contributed in the following ways.
    • Acquired and demolished the adjacent mill building and created a parking lot for the Sanford Mills to use.
    • Created a $3.5mm Mill Yard access road
    • Acquired an adjacent abandoned gas station and bowling alley and will redevelop the site to make way for proposed green space and a transit hub.
    • The town has made steps to capitalize on the Sanford Mill’s redevelopment, as they believe it is crucial to the mill district as a whole being redeveloped.
    • Awarded a TIF for the project, facilitated a zoning change, and provided short term seller financing for the acquisitions of the Mill.
    • Worked with National Park Service to designate the Mill District on as a Historic District.

FUNDING – Sources:

  • Developer Equity
  • Conventional Debt Bangor Savings Bank
  • Federal Historic Tax Credit
  • State Historic Tax Credits CEI
  • TIF financing Bangor Saving Bank
  • Southern Maine Regional Planning and Development  Commission Loan
  • Maine Department of Economic & Community River front comment loan Programs
  • Neighborhood Stabilization Program