New Projects in Bangor, Brewer, Maine, Range from Hotels to Big Boxes

Major gaming and hotel complex is first sign of new projects in area


"We have a nice, natural setting," Fernald added. "Although we're really right beside the airport, we're nestled among pine trees. We've even had a flock of wild turkeys around during construction."

There are several more business construction efforts, according to the Bangor and Brewer code enforcement offices:

. The former Pilots Grill restaurant at 1528 Hammond St. in Bangor was reborn Wednesday as a furniture store. Paul Currier, owner of Affordable Furniture Showcase, says he is selling new furniture and used furniture on consignment.

. Realty of Maine is expanding its 458 Main St. office in Bangor next to the McDonald's restaurant. Owner David Sleeper said the 1,500-square-foot addition will result in a full second story for the firm's 75 licensed real estate agents, some of whom work there full time. Work began six weeks ago and should be done in June.

Though it would have been easier to expand elsewhere, Sleeper said Friday he bought the building about two years ago knowing that Hollywood Slots at Bangor's permanent gaming complex was coming to the neighborhood.

. The Jiffy Print at 499 Broadway in Bangor is in the midst of renovating a former bakery across the street, and staff hope to move the store and reopen by the end of May.

. Tim Hortons at 594 Broadway in Bangor is pouring asphalt on its driveway and plans to hire 30-40 employees and open in mid-June. Jamie and Jayne Myers of Bangor are the franchisees and also operate a Tim Hortons in Newport. The 3,000-square-foot doughnut, coffee and sandwich shop will be open 24 hours a day with a drive-through window and seating for 65 people, Jamie Myers said.

. A new Maine Savings Federal Credit Union branch at 671 Broadway in Bangor will open in mid-May. The 6,200-square-foot, one-story, full-service facility will have three drive-up lanes and one ATM, said John Reed, president and CEO of the Hampden-based bank.

. In November, Dead River Co. broke ground at 395 Main St. in Bangor to erect a 3,000-square-foot Dead River Convenience store and Shell gas station. Alan Dorr, Dead River spokesman, said the company plans to open at the end of May or early June.

. On the corner of Hammond and Union streets in Bangor, developer and contractor John Karnes has renovated an existing four-unit apartment building, to which he has added two units. Karnes, a resident of Bangor, is also building a free-standing six-unit building on the lot.

. A 10-lot residential subdivision has been proposed on Molly Lane off Stillwater Avenue in Bangor. No construction has begun because developers have not applied for building permits.

. Downeast Toyota at 652 Wilson St. in Brewer is putting on two additions: a two-story, 1,600-square-foot attached service office and employee gym and a service bay area of 10,400 square feet.

. Coming before the Brewer Planning Board next month is Williams Roofing office and self-storage facility on Liberty Drive.

. Two new housing developments are anticipated in Brewer: Chamberlain Point, an 11-lot residential subdivision off North Main Street in the vicinity of the Chamberlain Woods subdivision; and Nature's Way Estates, a 14-lot upscale residential subdivision off Lambert Road near the Eddington town line. Each lot will range in size from 2.4 acres to 4.4 acres. Dennis and Sharon Davis of Brewer and Charles Adams of Dedham are having the lots hooked up to city water and plan to expand it to 35 lots in the future, Dennis Davis said.

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Edward Guernsey, 74, has lived in his home on Broadway in Bangor for 38 years and moved his monument business there in the mid-1980s. He decided to sell the land and house to a developer who plans to build and lease the space to Walgreens drugstore.