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Calling Enterprising Entrepreneurs to Downtown Pittsfield

Posted April 04, 2014, at 9:22 p.m.

The Town of Pittsfield is looking for entrepreneurs for two available downtown locations. Currently downtown Pittsfield is home to several nationally known businesses specializing in construction, engineering, real estate, insurance and financial/banking. Downtown Pittsfield is also home to famous Maine businesses including a Maine adventure department store and convenience store with eatery. With a family owned and operated restaurant, business center providing office space and training areas, health facility providing comprehensive care for the workplace, ice cream shop, barber shop, nail spa and auto repair business, the downtown has a lot to offer. Pittsfield has over 200 businesses.

To round out the downtown, Pittsfield is looking for the following facilities: more overnight accommodations such as an inn or more B&B’s for business guests and visitors, downtown coffee shop and bakery, office supplies, computer sales and repairs, clothing, craft store/co-op for local artists, natural food store, green products and re-use, and/or other compatible uses. Uses to compliment the Pittsfield Community Theatre, the only municipally owned and operated movie theatre in the State, would also be of interest.

The Town is fortunate to be the centrally located at I-95 Exit 150, 40 miles north of Augusta and 33 miles south of Bangor. The Town of Pittsfield has long been a commercial and industrial center in Central Maine and now serves as a major employment center for the region with an estimated 2600 people working in town daily.

Pittsfield has remained one of the most community-oriented Towns in Central Maine while providing expansive development opportunities. Our current population is approximately 4,300. Owner-occupied homes comprise 76% of the housing stock. Housing is very affordable in the community. The pride of Pittsfield residents and businesses for their community is well known. The Town is an outstanding place to grow a business and raise a family.

20 reasons why Pittsfield has a great quality of life and is the place to be:

1. Our volunteer and non-profit base of citizens and business people who provide extensive community service and fellowship opportunities

2. Expansive park facilities including the 45 acre in-town Manson Park

3. Extensive trail system with many areas for enjoyment and views of the Sebasticook River

4. Historic Pittsfield Public Library housed in an original Andrew Carnegie Building

5. Home of the nationally known Bossov Ballet Theatre

6. A commitment to education through a small school environment

7. Home of Maine Central Institute (MCI), a well-known private secondary school that serves as the Town’s high school

8. Historic 1880’s Pittsfield Railroad Station that functions as a museum of archives and transportation memorabilia

9. Churches of many denominations

10. Home of the region’s Sebasticook Valley Hospital with steadily expanding health care services

11. Many recreational facilities including a public swimming pool

12. An extensive Farmer’s Market drawing businesses across the area

13. The Pinnacle – Winter Skiing facility

14. A 9-hole golf course – J.W. Parks Golf Course

15. Amazing opportunities for pedestrian travel along well-designed routes

16. A Strong regional employment presence

17. Pittsfield Municipal Airport services for business travel and recreational pursuits

18. Town, Private Sector, Regional and State Business Financing Options

19. Non-existent travel inconveniences in comparison with other communities

20. Lower cost of living when compared with many other towns – plus much more!

Available opportunities in downtown Pittsfield for economic growth on Main Street are:

115 Main Street: Great location along Main Street with 600 square feet for lease. Two large storefront windows, parking in the front and at the back of the building and amazing foot traffic. High vehicle traffic count on Main Street and literally hundreds of employees nearby to visit a new shop! The back of the building is the home of a busy ice cream shop and an apartment is located upstairs.

203 North Main Street: Strategic spot for a commercial endeavor. Over 2,000 square foot building on a heavily traveled road with walk-in coolers, paved parking lot, storage, shelving plus much more. One story building on .3 acre lot.

Please contact Kathryn Ruth, Town Manager at the Pittsfield Town Office (487-3136) or our Economic Development Center at www.pittsfield.org for further information on Pittsfield opportunities.

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