BREWER, Maine — The heat pump company Nyle has a new name and a new home. City planners Monday approved the company’s move to the old Lemforder warehouse on Stevens Road, and renovations are already under way, vice president Don Lewis said Tuesday.
The move from its location on Center Street to 12 Stevens Road will “give us about twice the space as we have right now,” Lewis said. “We hope to have need for the whole building eventually.”
The 55,000-square-foot warehouse is owned by Bangor resident Bill Varney, and Nyle will occupy about half of the building. The warehouse building includes two science labs and loading dock space and is located in the East-West Industrial Park.
Lewis also announced that North Road Technologies LLC of Westport, Conn., which last year acquired the assets of Nyle Corp., changed its name at the beginning of December to Nyle Systems LLC.
Nyle is an industry leader in heat pump technologies and industrial drying and dehumidification, and offers energy recovery systems and water heating systems for homes, businesses and industrial uses, according to its website.
Nyle has 18 employees, and two more should be hired this week, Lewis said.
Also during Monday’s meeting, the panel denied a waiver request from a local subdivision developer who didn’t want to install sidewalks, and agreed to modify site plans for Maine Liquid Methane Fuel LLC.
At their October meeting, planners approved a subdivision amendment for phase two of Felts Brook Green, which is located off Pierce Road and includes 400 feet of sidewalks, and forwarded the project to the City Council for final approval. The amendment calls for improving Lovely Lane and adding four house lots.
City councilors voted at their Nov. 15 meeting to send the project back to the planning board after hearing the developer wanted a waiver for the sidewalk construction.
Planning board chairman Allen Campbell, who attended the council meeting, said he approached the podium to explain to councilors why a sidewalk is required, but a motion was made and discussion ceased.
“I think one of the comments from one of the councilors is that it’s a 400-foot sidewalk to nowhere,” Campbell said at the planning board meeting. “We weren’t allowed to explain it.”
City Planner Linda Johns explained at the November City Council meeting and Monday’s planning board meeting that the city’s land use code requires subdivisions to have sidewalks. That rule was requested by residents and added to the books as part of the Brewer comprehensive plan, she said.
The Maine Liquid Methane Fuel’s amendment changed a truck maintenance building into a generator building so the facility can generate its own electricity, and changed the configuration of the storage tanks.