2013-11-15 / Front Page

MRRA completes Topsham commissary deal

Food hub with expanding Brunswick coffee roaster coming
The Times Record


Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority has closed on the sale of the former Navy Commissary building and accompanying 5.6 acres of land at the Topsham Commerce Park to help a Brunswick coffee roaster expand and perhaps create a food distribution hub.

JHR Development is the buyer. A purchase price was not disclosed.

MRRA said it is the first commercial transaction it has completed in Topsham excluding housing land at the former Topsham Annex.

The sale allows JHR to proceed with leases to The Maine Harvest Company and Wicked Joe Coffee, which MRRA said will collectively add more than 50 new jobs to Topsham and fully lease the building.

At a special town meeting in September, Topsham voters authorized the town to submit a Community Development Block Grant to the state’s Economic Development Program on behalf of Wicked Joe Coffee Roasting Co., in the amount of $270,000. The Brunswick-based company committed to create nine new jobs as part of that process.

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