2017-07-27 / Front Page

Subdivision eyed on Landing property

BY JULIETTE LAAKA
Times Record Staff

BRUNSWICK

A subdivision proposal aimed at establishing new and upgraded housing in four Brunswick neighborhoods within the former Brunswick Naval Air Station will soon go before the planning board.

The board will hold a workshop at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 to review the proposal for recently sold parcels and accompanying housing at Brunswick Landing. The workshop will focus on subdividing a parcel of land at Brunswick Landing recently acquired from Affordable Midcoast Housing.

According to planning board documents, the subdivision would create new housing in the neighborhoods of Mariner Landing, Brunswick Gardens, Midway Terrace and Woodland Village.

Affordable Midcoast Housing acquired former base housing in 2012 in a $3.35 million deal with Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. MRRA had acquired the land from the Navy through a conveyance associated with Brunswick Naval Air Station closure.

Brunswick Landing Venture and Patriot Brunswick Holdings purchased the properties from Midcoast Affordable Housing June 30, according to documents obtained at the Cumberland County registry of deeds. The purchase price is not known, but a loan in the amount of $32.9 million was recorded in Cumberland County deed records.

Included in the sale were 407 homes situated on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station property and the Topsham annex.

Falmouth resident Chris Rhoades is a member of Helios Services and one of the local investors in the project. Rhoades said the Brunswick and Topsham properties were attractive because of their proximity to Portland, Augusta and the Lewiston/Auburn area. He also cited lack of housing in the area, adding there is a wait list of people hoping to rent the properties. Additionally, Rhoades said MRRA has created a lot of employment in the area.

Rhoades said the goal is to maintain the character of existing housing units, many of which were built in different decades. He added that units are being upgraded, including power washing, landscaping and curbing, as well as a green up program that will include LED lighting and energy efficient appliances.

Rhoades declined to say whether existing tenants will see their rents increase.

He did note that the company is also considering building 100 new homes on undeveloped land on former Navy base property in Brunswick and Topsham.

The new construction will either be condominiums or rental units, the request states.

The proposal will not alter existing buildings, roads or infrastructure, and any future construction plans will go to the town for review, according to the workshop request letter field by Curtis Neufeld, the vice president of Sitelines PA.

The sole member of Brunswick Landing Venture is listed as Cross Moceri, a Texas-based attorney and manager of Presidium Brunswick Manager, according to the shared use agreement. Rhoades said he reached out to Moceri’s company in the venture but declined to discuss investors involved in the project.

According to a shared use agreement, the proposed onsite management office for the property will be located within the Brunswick Landing Venture property at 74 Neptune Drive in Brunswick.

jlaaka@timesrecord.com

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