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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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.

“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

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

Commercial real estate development Portland Maine

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.)