ELLSWORTH – It’s been a year of growth for Ellsworth. It’s growing businesses and revitalized downtown are helping the city establish itself as a destination.
“Ellsworth has become more than just the gateway by far,” said Flexit Cafe and Finn’s Irish Pub owner Paul Markosian. “We are a place to live and visit and work. It’s a place to be.”
A new Jackson Lab facility is just one of the reasons that Ellsworth is attracting more people. Phase one of that project is already complete. The 200 million dollar biomedical research building will eventually help create up to 350 jobs.
“These aren’t just 340 jobs,” said Ellsworth Town Manager David Cole. “They’re 350 careers because Jackson laboratory is the gold standard in biomedical research. They’re known all over the world.”
With more people moving to the area, new apartment buildings continue to pop up. Ellsworth Elementary School has also seen an 11 percent increase in enrollment during this year alone.
The next step for the city is to connect places like Harbor Park and Indian Point to the Downtown. Cole and other city leaders believe that this growth will continue to cause positive changes for Ellsworth in the future.