Maine Town Looks to Keep up with Growth at Closed Navy Base

The turnaround of Brunswick, Maine’s fortunes has been remarkable since Naval Air Station Brunswick was shuttered in 2011. Redevelopment efforts at Brunswick Landing, the new name for the closed base, have far outpaced initial projections, fueling an economic resurgence in its host community. “It’s the busiest it’s been since 2006,” Jeff Emerson, deputy chief of fire prevention at the Brunswick Fire Department, told the Bangor Daily News. Almost 1,800 people work at nearly 120 private and public entities at Brunswick Landing and estimated annual payroll at the reuse project is $100 million, within reach of the $130 million it was when the air station was “fully humming,” said Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.

And now the town and surrounding areas are trying to keep up. Construction on a new road connecting Brunswick Landing to Route 24 is scheduled to begin next month. A local developer wants to invest $18 million in apartments on the new road, with plans to invest an additional $45 million over the next 30 months.

Bangor Daily News photo by Beth Brogan

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