MILLINOCKET – Business owners are interested in being part of the redevelopment of the dormant Great Northern Paper Company mill site.
That was the word Tuesday from one of the members of the non-profit group that purchased the property in January of this year.
Our Katahdin Vice President Mike Seile said “We’ve actually had a lot of interest, not just window shopping, from real companies viewing the assets on this property as key for their business growth.”
A non-profit, Our Katahdin, purchased the nearly 1,400-acre former mill site for one dollar, plus all outstanding federal and town taxes.
Senator Angus King, I-Maine, stated “We’re turning a page. This is an enormously valuable site for a number of uses.”
Developers believe the site can still have a forest products focus, but not a single-use as was historically the case. “We’ve had folks approach us from a power generation perspective, solar. We’ve also had bio-based refinery. We’ve also had pellet interests and sawmill.” added Seile.
Currently, developers are providing at least one tour a week of the once-bustling paper mill to interested tenants and investors.
The administration building of the former mill site looks like it’s in pretty good shape on the outside. However, that building like several of the others we toured today is in quite a lot of disrepair. One of the current owners, however, says a lot of cosmetic changes are underway.
Senator King said the federal government can offer help from financing options to proper clean up methods. And it can be the senator calling up someone and saying, “Hey, this is a great site. Come to Maine.”