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Hermon’s commercial base growing: Town adds 10 new businesses in past year

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Hermon Shopping Center on Tuesday. In recent years, Hermon has seen growth in its business community.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HERMON, Maine — During an update late last week on economic development activity, town councilors were briefed on the latest additions to Hermon’s growing business community.

The town, which has become home to 10 new businesses over the past year, also has been receiving statewide exposure, Economic Development Director Ron Harriman said during a council meeting Thursday.

Hermon was prominently displayed in the Bangor Daily News’ recent Perspectives special section series and will be featured in the next issue of Maine Ahead, a statewide business magazine, he said.

These and other business happenings will be celebrated next month during a business appreciation night the town is hosting, Harriman said.

Set for 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, the event will give local business people a chance to network with each other and local officials among others, Harriman said.

“Morgan Hill [Events Center] has graciously allowed us to use their space,” Harriman said in a follow-up interview on Monday.

He said the event, which is modeled after the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours program, will be informal and will feature hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Though few people know it, Hermon is home to about 350 businesses, many of which are small operations based in homes.

Three of the new businesses — Hermon True Value Hardware, Family Dollar and Subway — opened up in the Hermon Shopping Center.

Traction, which serves the snow removal and heavy equipment markets, opened on Coldbrook Road, and Tucker Auto Repair, Hermon Oil Co. and Pat’s Pizza’s branch at the Sports Arena all opened along U.S. Route 2, where Maine Test Borings also opened a branch. Waste Industries opened on Freedom Parkway.

Completing the list was REMM Financial Services, a highly secure financial printing and distribution company established by Snowman Printing and Presort in the Cold Brook Business Park.

Town Manager Clinton Deschene said last week that one reason Hermon has become so attractive to businesses is that although it is the fifth largest community in Greater Bangor, it has the lowest tax rate at $11.54 per $1,000 in property valuation.

Harriman added that the town’s proximity to Bangor, the region’s service center city, also is a plus. Several of Hermon’s larger businesses are located along Route 2, also known as outer Hammond Street.

In the coming months, Harriman said, Hermon hopes to bring a pharmacy into the town, which currently lacks one.

The town also hopes to continue work on its Village Master Plan.

The town has applied for more than $800,000 from the Maine Department of Transportation, and if the funding is received, plans to use it along with some revenues from its tax-increment financing program to build a crosswalk and sidewalks on Route2 between the Hermon Shopping Center and Hermon High School.

Also in the works are plans to add additional walkways among the town’s high, middle and elementary schools, between Route 2 and Billings Road, to create a campus-like setting that also will benefit nearby residential areas.

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