BUCKSPORT, Maine — The town plans to expand its portion of the Bucktown Heritage Industrial Park, adding eight lots to the town-owned portion of the Route 46 development.
The town’s planning board recently approved the subdivision plan for the 20-acre parcel that the town purchased in 2008 adjacent to the industrial park, according to Town Manager Roger Raymond. The town is awaiting a permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for its stormwater management plan for the property and has hired a consultant to design the water, sewer and road extensions for the lots. That is the only permit required for the expansion, he said.
According to Raymond, the eight new lots will range in size from 2 to 2½ acres and will be offered to businesses under the same terms as the existing lots in the park. The town offers a lot for free to business owners looking to expand or develop a new business, based on the number of jobs and the investment they plan to make in the property.
If the business moves before it meets the terms of the agreement, it must refund a portion of the land value.
The town initially purchased seven of the 12 lots in the privately owned Bucktown Heritage Industrial Park from owner John Wardwell and established the program to offer free land to businesses willing to move to the park and create new jobs.
The park opened in 2000, and since then a number of business, including boat building, plumbing and food processing operations, have developed or relocated to town-owned lots.
Although Raymond said the town could start selling the lots immediately if there were interested parties, the plans call for the work on expanding the infrastructure to begin next spring.