Nicholas McCrea

Reporter

Nick McCrea covers statewide K-12 and higher education from the downtown Bangor office.
 
Signs were posted Wednesday in the windows of a block of downtown buildings up for sale on Exchange Street announcing their pending sale.

Exchange Street buildings in downtown Bangor have likely buyer

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 11, 2016, at 4:40 p.m.
The block of downtown buildings on Exchange Street that recently went up for sale after years of underuse already has a likely developer after less than a month on the market.
Bangor Mayor Nelson Durgin addresses reporters during a press conference on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the State House.

Two members of Bangor City Council won’t seek re-election

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2016, at 6:46 p.m.
Bangor’s nine-member city council will have at least two new councilors after November’s elections.
The old engineer's house at Waterworks Apartments can be seen Jan. 11 in Bangor.

City panel clears way for historic waterworks engineer’s house to be torn down

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 10, 2016, at 4:54 p.m.
A historic home that has become a derelict eyesore along the Penobscot River could be coming down this winter after the latest twist in the lengthy battle over the future of the property.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, which is right of Quiznos, can be seen on June 30 at the Maine Square Mall in Bangor.

Methadone clinic officials weighing litigation over rejected expansion bid

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 09, 2016, at 6:12 p.m.
The Bangor council voted 7-2 Monday night to deny Colonial Management’s application to expand Penobscot Metro’s number of patients from 300 to 500.
Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center (right of Quiznos), located in the Maine Square Mall in Bangor, applied to increase its capacity from 300 to 500 patients.

Bangor council rejects methadone clinic expansion

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 08, 2016, at 10:34 p.m.
The council voted 7-2 to deny Penobscot Metro’s application to increase its patient cap from 300 to 500.
James Harrison, regional director of Colonial Management Group, and Lisa Davis, program director of Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, address the council during a public hearing on a proposed expansion of methadone treatment during a meeting on Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

Bangor council to vote on methadone clinic’s expansion request

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 08, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
City councilors will vote Monday night on whether one of the city’s three methadone clinics will be allowed to expand.
Manna Ministries is eyeing this building at 100 Center St., seen Friday in Bangor, as its future home after its current property at 629 Main St. is auctioned off.

Manna Ministries working on move to Center Street

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
The organization has obtained a certificate of occupancy for 100 Center St. in Bangor, according to city records.
Patty Hamilton, chairwoman of Bangor’s Community Health Leadership Board.

State proposal for new detox center has organizers scrambling to adjust

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 05, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
The group of health care officials that pushed for a new 10-bed social detoxification facility in the Bangor area is trying to adapt after the state issued a call for proposals that don’t quite fit the model the group envisioned.
This city block on Exchange Street, which is for sale for $1.95 million, can be seen on Wednesday in Bangor.

A look inside the block of buildings up for sale in downtown Bangor

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 04, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Altogether, the buildings offer just under 53,000 square feet of space. With the $1.95 million price tag, that works out to about $37 per square foot — a steal for downtown space.
Bangor City Council Chairman Sean Faircloth speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Bangor, March 31, 2016.

Bangor council leader gets ‘gold medal’ for energy, environmental efforts

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 03, 2016, at 12:48 p.m.
Bangor City Council Chairman Sean Faircloth has been awarded a “gold medal” by Environment Maine in recognition of his efforts to promote energy efficiency and battle climate change and pollution.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems' main office in Brewer

EMHS lays off 35 employees in technology department

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 02, 2016, at 5:23 p.m.
Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems on Tuesday notified 35 information systems employees that they will be laid off at the end of the month.
James Harrison, regional director of Colonial Management Group, and Lisa Davis, program director of Penobscot County Metro Treatment Center, address the council during a public hearing on a proposed expansion of methadone treatment during a meeting on Monday.

Bangor council blasts proposed methadone clinic expansion

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 01, 2016, at 9:38 p.m.
Bangor’s city councilors grilled methadone clinic officials over a proposed expansion of treatment in Bangor during a sometimes contentious public hearing Monday night.
Manna Inc. in Bangor.

Manna Ministries’ Bangor property to be auctioned off

By Nick McCrea on Aug. 01, 2016, at 6:45 p.m.
Manna “breached conditions” of a pair of mortgage loans, prompting the public auction “for the purpose of foreclosing.”
Matt Erskine, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for economic development and chief operating officer of the Economic Development Administration, speaks on Friday at the Process Development Lab at the University of Maine in Orono. Erskine along with Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and Rep. Bruce Poliquin announced plans for an Economic Development Assessment Team, which will explore ways to keep Maine's forest products industry alive in the wake of several mill closures.

Feds to offer advice, millions in grants to boost economy in wake of mill closures

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2016, at 6:55 p.m.
The federal government will deploy a team of economic development experts to Maine to help industry, state and community leaders form strategies for reinventing Maine’s forest products industry after a series of devastating mill closures.
Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft

Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft exploring partnership with EMHS

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2016, at 1:32 p.m.
Mayo Regional Hospital, a 25-bed medical facility in Dover-Foxcroft, is in the midst of partnership discussions with one of the state’s largest health care organizations.
Six buildings on Exchange Street in the block with the old Bangor Hydro building are up for sale and can be seen Thursday in Bangor.

Block of buildings in downtown Bangor can be yours for $1.95M

By Nick McCrea on July 29, 2016, at 6:41 a.m.
The out-of-state owner of a group of six largely vacant buildings lining Exchange Street has put them up for sale.
Peter Re lifts his baton to conduct the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in this file photo.

Former Bangor Symphony Orchestra conductor dies at 97

By Nick McCrea on July 27, 2016, at 6:03 p.m.
Peter Re led the 120-year-old symphony from 1964 to 1975.
Bangor Fire Chief Tom Higgins (left), Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton (center) and Bangor police Deputy Chief Brad Johnston discuss public safety in the region during a Chamber of Commerce breakfast on Wednesday in Bangor.

Bangor officials say jail not the answer for addiction, mental health problems

By Nick McCrea on July 27, 2016, at 3:24 p.m.
Public safety officials say the Bangor region needs to continue to push for better solutions for people struggling with addiction and mental health problems.
James McKenna, president of Redzone Wireless

Redzone Wireless expands into Bangor area, wants more rural customers

By Nick McCrea on July 26, 2016, at 5:14 p.m.
Redzone Wireless announced Tuesday a pair of major developments aimed at wooing customers dissatisfied with their current internet service providers.
The historic downtown building at 73 Central St. can be seen June 20 in Bangor.

Council OKs deal that could return downtown Bangor building to former owner

By Nick McCrea on July 25, 2016, at 8:59 p.m.
City councilors approved an agreement with David S. Boyd of California, who owned 73 Central St. until the city took it over for unpaid taxes.