2016-04-06 / Front Page

MRRA making room for parking, growth

BY DOUGLAS MCINTIRE
Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

Work has begun to remove obsolete buildings around Brunswick Executive Airport to create needed parking for the airport as well as anticipated job growth.

According to Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Steve Levesque, building 252 at 48 Orion St. is the first to be demolished, with two others slated to come down over the next few weeks.

The 5,100-square-foot structure built in 1957 was originally run by the Navy Public Works Department and was used as an automotive repair garage.

Levesque said the buildings are in disrepair and unsuitable for redevelopment. The MRRA website says over a dozen such buildings are to be taken down as part of the redevelopment efforts at the airport.

Costello Dismantling of Wareham, Massachusetts, was contracted to carry out the work that will result in an additional 320 parking spaces.

Wayfair will be moving into the former Navy Exchange which is currently being renovated on Burbank Street. One of the world’s largest retailers in home furnishings and décor will be bringing more than 500 full-time jobs to Brunswick Landing and nearby SaviLinx is increasing its workforce by 200 positions.

Wayfair recently announced the Brunswick center is slated to open in mid-June with full-time customer service, supplier relationship and IT support positions available.

The airport, which just celebrated its fifth year in service, has been hosting an average of 38 air operations a day.

Currently, there are 27 aircraft based at the airfield, and seven aerospace and aviation companies doing business at Brunswick Landing.

dmcintire@timesrecord.com

First up ... or rather down

BUILDING 252 at 48 Orion St. is the first to be demolished. The 5,100-square-foot structure built in 1957 was originally run by the Navy Public Works Department and was used as an automotive repair garage.

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