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.

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.

Adding to the tax base in Portland, Maine

Commercial real estate development in Portland, Maine.

Portland is buzzing about the construction jobs, increased taxable value and new retail opportunities that this project will bring.

Northland Enterprises has been receiving very favorable feedback after WCSH-TV and the Bangor Daily News reported that the company will be re-developing a vacant building, the former Century Tire building, into Class A retail space. Located on Marginal Way in Portland, the building is well-known because it was home to Century Tire for 88 years.

“We anticipate submitting our plans to the City of Portland in late January or early February,” said Josh Benthien, a partner at Northland Development. “We’re looking forward to working with City staff to make it a great project, and we’ll be releasing a lot of information to the general public along the way so that they understand the process. People are very excited that something positive is happening in that part of Portland, so if anything, we will over-communicate about the process.”

Benthien said folks are curious about the price tag of the project, possible tenants in addition to those that have already been announced, the taxable value of the project, and the number of construction jobs that the development will generate. He said Northland hopes to release as much information as possible by the end of January, on the company’s web site and social media channels, and to the media.

Previous work in Portland by Northland Enterprises includes the spectacular renovation of Baxter Library as new office space for The VIA Agency, photos of which are available in a gallery by clicking “THE LIBRARY” at THIS LINK.

Retail space is still available at the 45 Marginal Way location, and Northland Enterprises has assigned CBRE The Boulos Co. as the leasing agent. If you are a prospective tenant, you may find more information about the project at THIS LINK.

CLICK HERE for story, WCSH-TV
CLICK HERE for story, Bangor Daily News

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CLICK IMAGE and then click on “The Library” for photo gallery of signature development project in Portland, Maine by Northland Enterprises.

The lighter side of commercial real estate development in Portland, ME

Greg Kesich is the editorial writer at the Portland Press Herald

Greg Kesich made us laugh with a recent column he wrote for the Portland Press Herald.

Usually commercial real estate is a pretty straightforward business, but sometimes we do get a good chuckle along the way. Like when we read this recent column by columnist Greg Kesich at the Portland Press Herald.

As developers of some of the finest commercial real estate projects in Maine and beyond, Northland Enterprises brings an extraordinarily high level of professionalism and competence to all our work, from concept and design all the way through to execution and completion. Representative projects include the redevelopment of the Baxter Library in Portland, our Sanford Mill restoration, and the re-purposing of the former Kennebec Journal building in Augusta. In each and every case, part of the job is attending many meetings; meeting of select boards, planning boards, city councils, town councils, zoning boards and public hearings. That’s why this Kesich’s column caught our eye. With tongue firmly in cheek, he very effectively captured the many hurdles that confront even the most routine and straightforward commercial real estate project.

He was only writing about Portland, Maine, but the phenomenon to which he refers is what we encounter in municipalities all across the Northeast. And while we think he made an humorous point, Northland actually values the governmental and regulatory processes into which we enter every time we build a project and contribute to economic development. Almost without exception, the process of oversight and review helps us build better projects — which is good for everyone.