Due to the positive impacts many of Credere's projects have had on local communities and the economy, many of our projects have inspired articles in regional press outlets and state and federal success story publications. Short descriptions of these articles and stories are described below and are available for viewing or download.
Lakes Region Correctional Facility, Laconia, New Hampshire
"Studies Outline Prison Future "
Article Featured on http://www.citizen.com - July 16, 2010
The Lakes Region Correctional Facility was closed in June 2009 to save the State of New Hampshire approximatley $5 million annually. Credere associates performed a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment of the facility and presented the findings of the report alongside other reuse and market analysis presentations concerning the reuse and redevelopment of the complex. Based on existing market conditions, the property is estimated to be worth approximatley $4 million. the full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Studies Outline Prison Future.
Aerofab, Sanford, Maine
"Aerofab Building to Come Down Soon"
Article Featured on http://www.fosters.com - August 5, 2010
In June 2009 , town councilers voted to take the Aerofab Building by eminent domain following environmental investigations and an appraisel that determined the cleanup and investment costs necessary to rehabilitate the property exceeded the fair market value of the improved property, and cited its "blighted condition". On July 20, 2010, the town voted unamimously to approve a contract between the town and Credere Associates, LLC to take down the building and cleanup the property. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Aerofab Building to Come Down Soon.
Sanford Mill, Sanford, Maine
"To Clean Up, Maine Gets $6M in Grants"
Article Featured on http://www.necn.com - May 11, 2009
The U.S. EPA awarded more than $111M in grant funds on May 11, 2009, $6M of which will go to assess and clean up industrial sites in Maine! Watch the video hightlighting the Sanford Mill redevelopment that Credere completed environmental assessment work on. The full NECN article can be viewed here: To Clean Up, Maine Gets $6M in Grants.
"Renovation of Sanford Mill Begins "
Article Featured in the Journal Tribune - August 4, 2009
Following acquisition of the Sanford Mill by the town, cleanup activities began and the town held a ceremony to celbrate the beginning of the revitalization of the mill yard. Once cleaned up, Northland Enterprises, LLC, plans to invest $12.6 million into redeveloping this mill for mixed residential and commercial uses. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Renovation of Sanford Mill Begins.
"Mill Cleanup a Big Step for Sanford Downtown Revitalization "
Article Featured at http//www.fosters.com - July 23, 2009
This article highlighted the town's preparation to beging cleanup of the Sanford Mill and the town councilers vote to hire Credere Associates, LLC to oversee and administer the cleanup project. The article also discussed the types of contaminants to be cleaned up, adn the town's development agreement with Northland, Enterprises, LLC.. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Mill Cleanup a Big Step for Sanford Downtown Revitalization.
"Developers present vision for Goodall Mill building in Sanford"
Article Featured in the Journal Tribune - April 23, 2009
Northland Enterprises, LLC, a Portland based developer is planning to redevelop the Sanford Mill building into commercial and residential spaces overlooking No. 1 Pond in downtown Sanford, Maine. The Town of Sanford acquired the property through eminent domain in December 2008 when the former owner of the building was unable to finance the renovation of the dilapidated structure. The developer's vision will include retail and/or commercial office spaces on the first floor, and 36 market rate residential units on the upper floors. The redevelopment project is estimated to cost around $12M. Prior to redevelopment, the Town of Sanford plans to clean up asbestos and lead paint within the building and other environmental concerns at the site with a total cleanup cost estimated around $1M. The Town and the developer plan to continue working as a team to make the project a success and hope to continue working as a team on future development projects. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Sanford Mill Redevelopment Vision.
Eastern Fine Paper, Brewer, Maine (2009 The Phoenix Award Winner)
"Revitalized Mill Earns Brewer Presitgious Honor"
Article Feature in the Bangor Daily News - November 19, 2009
The Bangor Daily News featured a follow-up to their September 30, 2009 article that heralded the city's cleanup efforts of the mill and receipt of The Phoenix Award. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Revitalized Mill Earns Brewer Presitgious Honor.
"Brewer to get Award for Mill Redevelopment"
Article Feature in the Bangor Daily News - September 30, 2009
For its efforts in facilitating the redevelopment of the former Eastern Fine Paper mill, the city was awarded The Phoenix Award, a prestigious honor given to individuals and groups that “solve critical environmental challenges of transforming blighted and contaminated areas into productive new uses”. The city will recieve the award at the November 2009 National Brownfields Conference to be held in New Orleans. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: Brewer to get Award for Mill Redevelopment.
"Former Mill Redeveloped to Create 500 Jobs"
U.S. EPA Brownfields Success Story
In 2005 the City of Brewer was awarded a $350,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant to assist with the current assessment conducted on the property. By October 2007, the final assessment reports were completed and cleanup was underway. In September 2006 SBR was awarded a Brownfields Cleanup Grant as well as two supplemental awarded in 2008 to cleanup to fund cleanup activities at the property. Simultaneously, the City of Brewer was awarded a $1 million Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund Grant to help the city address issues with contaminated properties. While the assessment and cleanup were taking place, SBR was approached by the Cianbro Corporation in February 2007. Cianbro Corporation is a construction and construction services company that specializes in heavy industrial, energy systems, marine, commercial, and industrial construction. The former Eastern Fine Paper mill property was renamed the Eastern Manufacturing Facility and Cianbro began modular component manufacturing in April 2008 to support a $7 billion refinery expansion project in Port Arthur, Texas. The facility currently employs more than 358 people and is expected to employ at least 500 well-paid, highly skilled workers when at full production. The EPA success story can be viewed or downloaded here: Eastern Fine Paper EPA Success Story.
"1st Module Leaves Cianbro Today"
Article Featured in the Bangor Daily News - March 26, 2009
On March 26, 2009, Cianbro, and local and state officials celebrated the first shipment of fabricated modules from the Eastern Manufacturing Facility. The 94-foot wide by 354-foot long barge, the Columbia Boston, was sent off carrying six four-story high module pieces bound for a refinery project in Texas. The redevelopment of the Eastern Fine Paper Mill has been a huge success for the region and a boost to the local and state economy that has been celebrated not only by Govenor Baldacci and Senator Snow, and Senator Collins, but by the hundreds of workers who recieved jobs in the area. The full article can be viewed or downloaded here: 1st Module Leaves Cianbro Today.
"Workers Celebrated at Cianbro Opening"
Article Featured in the Bangor Daily News - August 16, 2008
On August 16, 2008, Cianbro Corporation held a grand opening of the Eastern Manufacturing Facility in Brewer. Peter Vigue, President and CEO of Cianbro, addressed Cianbro employees and local, state, and federal officials about the opening of the facility and how the facility's success depended on the combined efforts of all parties involved in its redevelopment. The facility has restored a host of jobs that were lost when the former paper mill closed it doors, and several speakers appreciated the impacts the facility's redevelopment would provide on community and state. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Bangor Daily News - Cianbro Opening Article.
A similar Cianbro news release regarding the Eastern Manufacturing Facility grand opening can be viewed or downloaded here: Cianbro Eastern Fine Paper News Release.
"Brownfields Funds Critical to Mill Project"
Article Featured in the Bangor Daily News - August 12, 2008
This article summarizes and interview with Cianbro about the redevelopment of its Eastern Manufacturing Facility. Due to the environmental liabilities at the property, Cianbro was wary to develop the former paper mill site. With the participation of the City of Brewer, the Maine DEP, and the EPA, grant funding was awarded to investigate and cleanup the property; reducing environmental concerns, and lifting a significant portion of the the financial burden and risks from Cianbro; thereby making the redevelopment project possible. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Bangor Daily News - Brownfields Funds Article.
"Cianbro Touts Brewer Mill Site Progress"
Article Featured in the Bangor Daily News - September 15, 2007
This article discussed how business and civic leaders in the area celebrated the anticipated rebirth of the former Eastern Fine Paper Co. site, touting the project as an example of what is possible when corporations and governments work cooperatively on economic development. The article discussed the ongoing cleanup activities at the site and how the fully operational facility would likely provide around 500 jobs to the region. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Bangor Daily News - Brewer Mill Article.
North Berwick Woolen Mill, North Berwick, Maine (2010 The Phoenix Award Winner)
Brownfields Success Story Property Profile
U.S. EPA - November 2009
The U.S. EPA prepared a Brownfields Success Story for the North Berwick Woolen Mill property that detailed the drivers for property redevelopment, the property history, and the project results. A copy of the success story can be viewed or downloaded here: Brownvields Success Story.
"Vacant N. Berwick Mill to Get New Life as Housing"
Article Featured in the Portland Press Herald - November 30, 2006
This article discusses the proposed redevelopment of the North Berwick Woolen Mill by the Caleb Foundation that was approved by the Town's Planning Board. To assist in redevelopment, the Town approved a special tax increment financing district to help attract state and federal funds. Under the TIF agreement, the town will return 50 percent of the taxes paid on the project to the Caleb Foundation, with approximately $17,500 in annual taxes going to the town. Since TIF assets are sheltered from the Town's state valuation, town officials anticipate an additional $15,000 a year in savings. The project will provide needed housing for seniors in the region whose income is no more than 60% of the area median income. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Portland Press Herald - N. Berwick Mill Housing Article.
Article Featured in MaineBiz - July 28, 2008
This article discusses the remediation and redevelopment of the North Berwick Woolen Mill and how Credere and the Southern Maine Regional Planning Commission have worked to alleviate the financial hurdles of mill redevelopment. Credere discussed with MaineBiz that the costs of environmental assessments can cost anywhere from approximately $10,000 to $350,000 depending on the size of the site and the intended reuse. Most companies do not have vast cash reserves to investigate a property only to find out the project would not be viable due to environmental issues. The article further describes how working with the U.S. EPA Brownfields Program is a way to remove that initial financial hurdle and give developers needed information without the liability. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: MaineBiz - Credere North Berwick Cleanup Crew Article.
Biddeford Mill Complex, Biddeford, Maine
"Grant Used for Mill District Master Plan"
Article Featured on KeepMeCurrent.com by the Sun Journal - September 27, 2008
The City of Biddeford was awarded a $60,000 grant to develop a master plan for the City's downtown mill district. With the numerous buildings located in the downtown area, there are approximately 10 building owners with stakes in downtown redevelopment plans. Many of the building owners already had met with the City informally to discuss joint issues of concern; however, the master plan would take everyone's concerns into consideration and provide a cohesive development plan for the area. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Sun Journal - Mill District Master Plan Article.
North Dam Mill
"Tax Break Needed to Finish North Dam Mill Project"
Article Featured in the Portland Press Herald - May 20,2008
Doug Sanford, the owner of the North Dam Mill in Biddeford appeared before the City Council to to seek tax incentives in the City's newly expanded Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District that includes the downtown mill district. Plans for redeveloping the North Dam Mill included 70 residential housing units and Mr. Sanford requested a $2.1 million tax credit over the next 10 years to complete the redevelopment. With 1.65 million square feet of space in the mill district, the TIF is expected to help catalyze the redevelopment of the downtown. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Portland Press Herald - North Dam Mill Tax Break Article.
"A Proud City Rising Where the Water Falls"
Article Featured in the Journal Tribune
On one friday night, crowds of people filled the North Dam Mill for an event created by the Biddeford/Saco Cultural Planning Committee termed "Milling About". The event featured food, art, music, and history of the mills. Although the event was primarily culturally oriented, the event highlighted that the community is interested in the history of the downtown area and redeveloping the mill district in a manner that will maintain its allure. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Journal Tribune - Proud City Article.
"A Down-by-the-old-Mill Dream"
Article Featured in the Portland Press Herald - September 8, 2007
This article discusses the growing enrollment and limited space for expansion at the University of New England. City officials, university representatives, and mill developers met to discuss the possibility of providing off-campus student housing within the mill district. Doug Sanford, owner of the North Dam Mill, had already received City Planning Board approval to build 40 residential units within his mill that could be used for housing. With the available floor space in the downtown area; the possibility of a partnership with UNE for off-campus housing is hope for downtown redevelopment. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Portland Press Herald - Mill Dream Article.
"Biddeford Mill Housing Plan Revived"
Article Featured in the Portland Press Herald - March 5, 2009
After a previous developer's option to buy the Riverdam Mill expired, Stephen Goodrich purchased the mill building at auction. The Szanton Company, whom had worked with the previous developer in a plan to develop a portion of the mill continued their redevelopments by working our and agreemtn with Mr. Goodrich. The Housing project will occupy approximately 80,000 square feet of the building and create 40 units of low-income and 26 units of market rate housing. The redevelopment of this portion of the mill is expected to cost $15M and create over 100 construction jobs. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Biddeford Mill Housing Plan Revived.
"Goodrich Buys Riverdam Mill"
Article Featured in the Journal Tribune - January 26, 2009
This article discusses the purchase of the Riverdam Mill by Stephen Goodrich following foreclosure on the previous owner. While another developer was previously working under an option to purchase the property, the option expired and Goodrich was able to acquire the mill. Goodrich plans to continue with similar redevelopment plans and work with one of the previous develops to build workforce housing in one section of the mill and utilize available federal and state grants to help complete the project. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Journal Tribune - Goodrich Riverdam Mill Article.
Eelweir Road Site, Pittsfield, Maine
"Pittsfield Leaders Still Optimistic About Cleanup"
Article Featured in the Bangor Daily News - February 10, 2009
This article discusses the Eelweir Road site in Pittsfield, the difficulties the Town of Pittsfield has endured to clean up the site, and the creative use of U.S. EPA Brownfields Cleanup fudning to abate contamination at the site. With the available funding and Town services to provide the required match funding, Credere and the Town are optimistic that the cleanup will be a success. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: Bangor Daily News - Pittsfield Cleanup Article.
Nashua Boiler House, Nashua, New Hampshire
"$2 Million HUD Grant to Help Nashua Millyard Cleanup"
Article featured in the New Hampshire Business Review
This article highlights a $2 million Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant that was awarded to the City of Nashua that will be used to remediate large quantities of asbestos and petroleum contaminated soils associated with fuel oil storage tanks. The City of Nashua had previously received a $200,000 EPA Brownfields Assessment Grant and hired Credere (then Edwards and Kelcey) to perform environmental investigations at the site. Due to the large quantities of asbestos within the building, the costs associated with remediating the asbestos represented a roadblock to redevelopment, and without the federal grant it is likely the Nashua Boiler House would not be redeveloped. This article can be viewed or downloaded here: NH Business Review - Nashua Millyard HUD Cleanup Article.