2016-07-11 / Front Page

Landing airport receives $2.4M in federal grants

Times Record Staff


Progress continues at Brunswick Landing with more than $2.4 million in grants for Brunswick Executive Airport, expanding manufacturing space and property sales with renovations.

On Friday, Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, announced $2.4 million in Military Airport Program grants for the airport, which provides federal funding to update, bring to code and further civilianize former military airfields.

“Maine’s airports, like the one at Brunswick Landing, are vital pieces of our state’s transportation system that bolster our economy and connect our communities,” Collins and King said in a joint statement.

“This important funding from the Department of Transportation will support the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority as it works to upgrade and improve infrastructure at Brunswick Landing and build on its significant success as an economic hub for the region.”

MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said funds will go toward various Hangar 4 improvements, including Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades and radiant heating.

The east side of Hangar 4 is also the site of a renovation project that will provide more industrial space to manufacturing companies.

The building located at 74 Orion St. was previously used for maintenance and repair of Navy aircraft. MRRA’s website notes that there are a number of Navy historical artifacts in the space such as signage, murals and the old Geedunk.

Construction crews reportedly will do the best they can to preserve these items with the Brunswick Naval Museum showing interest in curating some of it, if possible.

Once completed in the fall, the renovation will provide an additional 16,000 square feet of divided manufacturing space including a monorail crane. There will be areas for up to seven manufacturing businesses with individual spaces ranging from 1,500 square feet to 2,800 square feet.

Two more buildings have also been purchased by Tom Wright. The former small arms range and Navy and Marine Corps Internet building are slated for renovation in the near future.

Wright said the former Internet building will undergo a $700,000 renovation to become office spaces. The exact configuration of those spaces will depend on a future tenant, however, Wright said the new appearance will be modern in the style and look of Mölnlycke.

“Hopefully, it’ll be about 7,000 square feet when it’s done,” Wright said.


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