Comments for: Brewer prepares to sign $455,000 marketing deal with Bangor’s Cross Insurance Center

Posted Dec. 06, 2012, at 7:08 p.m.

BREWER | When members of the Brewer City Council toured the new Cross Insurance Center in Bangor recently, they were so impressed they immediately started talking about how they could get a piece of the pie. “We all had a ‘wow’ moment walking through there,” D’arcy Main-Boyington, Brewer’s economic …

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  • Anonymous

    Wonderful investment opportunity.
    Cant beat it.

    They will be ” in the Russian far east” !
    Sure to draw a crowd.

    Now , if only the folks from Maines far east ( Downeast) could afford the gas
    to get there …..
    That would be a different story.

  • Anonymous

    when will there be a public tour?

    • Old Bear

      When it opens LOL

    • Anonymous

      I’m guessing that there will be public tours or an open house sometime around the Bangor State Fair this summer.

  • Anonymous

    Nice to see the other side of the river contributing. Doesn’t happen enough.

    • Anonymous

      I am sure plenty of their residents will attend events there also contributing to the operating revenue. I don’t believe we are going to share any of the revenue generated from it with them either.I welcome Brewer as a founding partner in our facility. It does say they are the first to step up to the plate, though several businesses were offered to.

    • Anonymous

      Not sure why’d I want to give Bangor my tax dollars. Maybe so they can build more meth clinics? Zoom…crash….telephone pole.

  • Anonymous

    Once again I wasn’t invited to vist the center. Who the heck do these people think they are? They act like it is their own private club.. They seem to be able to give private tours to their Elitist friends anytime they want.. It is not you private club it belongs to The citizens of Bangor, You laugh when you hear it, but you work for us..

    • Anonymous

      I’m sure when you’re ready to offer a commitment of $455,000, you can get a tour anytime you’d like.

      • Anonymous

        I am part of the “we” who are on the hook for 65 millon.. This elitism is getting old, don’t ya think

        • Anonymous

          You must gamble at Hollywood Casino then?

          • Anonymous

            Joe Brock, you have a short memory. The original pitch from the Bangor City Council for Hollywood Slots approval was that it would bring in much needed money for funding for improvement to Bangor Schools, Public Works, Fire Dept. and Police Dept. etc. If you haven’t heard, Bangor P.D. is still short on manpower and there seems to be a bit more drug related crime in the area. And the taxpayers of Bangor ARE paying for a large chunk of the new auditorium. I have the tax bill to prove it.

          • Anonymous

            No, you are not.

          • Anonymous

            Joe, I am not what?

        • Anonymous

          I would say yes, IF it was elitism.

        • Mandi O

          “Elitism” is a four-letter word, used by people who don’t understand how to gain access to things without whining.

    • Anonymous

      Have you asked for one?

      • Anonymous

        The answer will be “no.” I wrote a polite request for access, explaining my project to document all construction from beginning to end. I got a flat-out “no.” When I asked again, explaining in more detail what I was doing, I got no response at all. Heck. Cianbro wouldn’t respond to my requests for the schedule of lifts for the roof trusses; I had to keep watching the webcam (which gives a static shot, updated once an hour) to get an idea. I was just lucky I was there for one of them.
        One of the project’s ironworkers told me after that work was done that, knowing Cianbro, the company is very controlling when it comes to photos.
        You should read the company’s policy manual for handling OSHA visits. It’s quite revealing.
        I would think a company that prides itself on safety would be more than happy to allow cameras from independent photographers doing bonafide documentation.

    • Anonymous

      Since you tried to stop the place from being built, I hardly think your name will be on any guest lists anytime soon. Rightfully so.

  • Anonymous

    Where did the $455 thousand come from, if not from taxation?

  • Anonymous

    I think I missed the part where it tells exactly what Brewer will be getting for $65,000 a year…Besides someone in Russia or the Far East hearing the word “Brewer.”

    The $ isn’t tax related at all? Then where did it come from? Gift from the tooth fairy?

    • Anonymous

      She says “this 500k has to be used for marketing”. Who in the heck decided that? More taxpayers getting screwed by local Gov. fat cats.

      • Anonymous

        What they are not talking about is the skybox with 14 seats to every event at the auditorium, the time commitment to planning the use of the box, and the catering fees for each event (60+ per year). Will Brewer taxpayers get to use the box? Think taxpayers want local city management yucking it up at every event on the taxpayer’s dime????

    • Anonymous

      I agree with your take on this. I consider myself well educated yet I just couldn’t connect to this article. Brewer, I think you have some explaining to do.

  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is, when the Bangor Auditorium was built, there was virtually no documentation of the construction. You won’t find more than a handful of photos from the Bangor Daily archives at the library. The city messed up preserving history with that building, and is doing the same thing with this building. If you’re a “dignitary,” come on in. If you’re a private citizen who knows someone, come on in. If you want to give money, welcome! But if you have a camera and have been putting together a comprehensive video and photo package showing construction from start to finish, you are told to get lost.
    Just what is it about cameras the city doesn’t like? The workers doing the less sexy jobs will never be seen in the historical record. The workers I have met have sought me out to thank me for putting everything out there. I had one of the roofers call his daughter in Texas on the spot to have her bookmark the website. He was thrilled he had a chance to be in a record of the project. He was lucky because he worked outside. Too bad for the plumbers, the electricians, and everyone else working indoors.
    Yes, I’m that person trying to do the documentation. But as a proud Bangor resident with an intense interest in doing something nobody else did with the Auditorium or is doing with the arena, I cringe every day when I think of the history being lost.

    • Anonymous

      Ryanrobbins, you mention a website – would you share the address, please? Would love to see the work in progress. Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        I didn’t want to be accused of self-promotion, that’s all. But because you have asked, go to http://arenaconstruction.bangorinfo.com. A new video will be available this evening, as well as new photos.

        • Anonymous

          That’s an impressive website and more than deserving of promotion! The Cross Center documentation is really good. It’s a shame that the City won’t allow you to do the remaining work.

          Amazing amount of info about Bangor – you must’ve spent hundreds of hours doing research. Thanks for posting the link.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed…..thanks Ryan! I’ve enjoyed your documentation. a big BOO to the City of Bangor for being so short sighted and elitist!

    • Anonymous

      They probably don’t want you documenting how many of the workers are from out of state.

    • Mandi O

      Actually Bangor photographer Jeff Kirlin has been photographing the entire process – from start to finish – and posting the extensive collection of photos on his Facebook page. As a professional photographer, I’m certain his photos will live on – especially historically.

      • Anonymous

        Here’s the problem, though. His photos are sporadic.I see nothing on his Facebook page from before a couple of months ago. And what I see are public relations photos.

        My project was WEEKLY, showing practically each step of the construction. It was not influenced by a desire to please an architect, consultant, or contractor. It was vanilla documentation — with video.
        I say “was” even though I am still doing what I can. But there’s going to be a point very soon when I won’t be able to add anything more of interest because virtually nothing is happening outside anymore.
        Jim Ring, the city’s liaison for the project, didn’t really cite a reason for denying my request for access. All he said was he was aware of my work, that the webcam would be sufficient for documentation, as would Cianbro’s video (TWO PR pieces that are very difficult to find and don’t document the project but have the company patting itself on the back). In fact, he indicated the city intended to collect what I have done and put everything together and, well, basically store it somewhere.
        I was going to offer the footage and photos to the city in exchange for access. But I’m not going to do that without access. Rather presumptive of the city to think it can just take anything it wants, eh?

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Ryan for your documentation on your youtube page. I’ve been watching every update.

    • Anonymous

      It’s wrong of the city not to let you in Ryan. Your work on the construction on the outside has been outstanding.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe that will fill in the Slots short fall – November 2012 Gross Revenues lowest since the doors opened.

    • Anonymous

      Link?

      • Anonymous

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        • Anonymous

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          2012 Net Revenues YTD $58,536,656.98 and is based on 925 slot machines ($52,653,735.75 11 months) and 16 table games ($5,882,921.23 9 months).

          Averaging these figures for a full 12 months yields a Net Revenue figure of $63,858,171.25 for the full year.

          So please explain how Hollywood Casino is a experiencing a “short fall” in revenue.

    • Conley Raye

      The food is in the pits, too. What a waste. They even cut out their breakfast except for The weekends as they only cook a very little and was always out or it was cold when they had some. Currently the worse ever and someone else needs to do a buffet like The Golden Corral.

  • Anonymous

    Use that money to drive down our property taxes or excessive
    water bill. Then you can MARKET Brewer
    as an affordable place to live.

    • Anonymous

      it already is

      • Mandi O

        Actually sewer in Brewer is twice the cost of Bangor. Taxes aren’t that much better.

  • Anonymous

    Where did the $455,000 come from? It just didn’t appear, someone said ” it’s just sitting in the bank”. How long has that been sitting in the bank? Someone also said” it can only be used for marketing purposes”. A lot of money just sitting around.

  • Sherman2

    a little off topic…but… OMG! she’s cute!

    • Anonymous

      That was my first reaction, too !

  • Dadoftoo

    “It started like a little rumble,” Brewer Mayor Kevin O’Connell said, describing how the conversation started. “Someone said, ‘Hey, how about this’ and ‘How about that?’ and then ‘What a great idea!’ It just grew from that.”

    Sounds like they all had a nice buzz on…Development dollars or not, it is tax dollars.

  • WESTSHORES

    Darci Main-Boyington strikes me as a resume builder.A year or two from now she’ll be on her way to the next larger city after having done this and that for Brewer. Where square feet comes from does not matter. From a cheesy fire works store to a pot outlet-ANY development goes into her employment history. It seems that any time the city of Brewer invites public comment on an important issue-the deal is already done. There is no open forum or give and take. That money came from us tax payers at some level. She talks as though it came from Santa. What a waste!

  • Conley Raye

    This should help with bringing people to our area. With all the negative news reports we need some positive. Maybe they should coordinate their efforts with Alex Gray who has proven that he has the right stuff to attract crowds in a big way. The former people at our old civic center could never have done it and failed at all attempts. I would say that Hollywood Casino could assist but apparently they are cutting way back, they din’t even advertise in The Lion’s Club Book this year The Lions Club who devotes their effort for eye wear for the poor. Shame on the Slots.

  • Anonymous

    does the roof leak?

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