Brownsfield Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting In Berwick, ME

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Everyone that drives through Berwick, ME in their daily commute notices the giant eyesore that is the former Prime Tanning building(s). These buildings occupy a 13 acre site that is directly in the middle of what should be “downtown.” Through years of work, the Envision Berwick Committee has secured 3 grants that will allow for the cleanup of parts of this site. Yesterday, November 12, 2015, was the first meeting of the Brownsfield Advisory Committee. I am honored to represent the Berwick Planning Board as a member of this important committee.

The purpose of the Brownsfield Advisory Committee is to promote community outreach, gather community input and give partner insight into the project. The chairman of the committee is John Stoll, Berwick Town Planner. Other key figures of this committee are Rip Patten, Environmental Engineer and Program Manager; Johnathan O’Donnell, Engineer and Project Manager; and Rick Vandenberg, who will be in charge of the demolition design.

Rip and Johnathan work for Credere Associates, LLC and Rick is with Weston and Sampson. Both companies have won awards for this type of work and have worked together successfully in the past. Some projects you may be familiar with are the Woolen Mill in North Berwick or the Mill Building in Sanford.

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There are some environmental issues already identified at the site through testing. They include:

Outside-
PAH’s (a petroleum chemical in heavy oils, from burning fossil fuels)
lead
-buried tannery waste, scraps of hides
subgrade soil vapor: chlorinated volatiles (dry cleaning, solvent chemicals)
-groundwater contamination (perchloroethylene, chromium)

Inside the Buildings-

-asbestos
-universal waste (lighting, batteries, fuel tanks, electronics)
PCB contained building materials/paint is highly likely though not positively identified yet (boiler rooms, high moisture situations)

The grants the Town has received are for $200,000 each (with a $40,000 in-kind requirement) and are for lots 4,5, and 6. A map of the lots can be found here. Civil Consultants of South Berwick are preparing an existing conditions survey which will mark out the lots on the property (some lot lines are inside buildings.)

Ready to see some action in downtown? You will soon! Here is the schedule of work. Note that Winter 2015/2016 is planning and paperwork, etc.

Spring 2016
Phase 1 (abate asbestos, demo buildings, look under slabs)

Summer 2016
Phase 2 (addressing source area soils that need to be removed *removal soil gas source, etc)

Phase 3 *Pending* (development ready to start)

I will be updating with more information as I get it. For renderings of potential development in the downtown, check out this post A Vision For Downtown Berwick or What’s Going On In Downtown Berwick?

 

 

 
Nichole Fecteau, Realtor 207-251-9535
About Nichole Fecteau:

I have lived and owned in Southern Maine for over fifteen years. I raised a family in Berwick, ME and my children attend the SAD 60 school district. When not listing and selling property, you can find me enjoying the mountains and lakes of Maine and New Hampshire. I am an avid hiker and have logged countless miles on the Appalacchian trail. I particularly like the rugged Northern Presidentials. Not only do I carry a backpack and tent on the weekends, I can also be found with my fishing pole in the water of backcountry rivers and ponds. My personal motto is “work hard, play hard!.”

I began my real estate career when my youngest son was about to enter Kindergarten. Sales has always been a passion of mine and I considered homes the ultimate items to sell. Once I got my feet wet in the field, I realized that Real Estate is less about sales and more about connections and helping others realize their dreams. I was hooked right from the beginning. I love helping both my clients and colleagues realize their dreams. Each day I walk into my office energized and ready for a new start with fresh challenges and rewards. My passion is selling expired listings- quickly and for top dollar. I focus on Southern Maine and am licensed in NH as well. Nothing makes me happier than giving homeowners hope in selling their homes where they thought there was none.

For information on buying or selling, or for any other inquiries, please email NicholeFecteau@gmail.com or call/text 207-251-9535.

2012 & 2013 Associate Leadership Council
2012 & 2013 Technology Committee Chairman
Martha Squires Award
Rising Star Award

2010 Berwick Library Committee member
2011 Berwick Recreation Committee member
2013-present Friends of the Berwick Riverfront Chairman
2013-present Berwick Trails Committee Chariman
2015-present Berwick Planning Board member
2015-present Berwick Brownfield Steering Committee member

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What’s going on with downtown Berwick, Maine anyway?

IMG_6908If you live in Berwick, Maine, it is very likely that you have heard of the grants the Town has recently secured to start the cleanup of the former Prime Tanning site. Wondering what is going on down there?

Recently the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast hosted a 2 day charette in Berwick. “The Charrette is meant to envision what workforce housing opportunities there may be in those communities. Community members, property owners, and an all-volunteer design team comprised of housing professionals will work together to create a vision for what workforce housing could be developed.”

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As a member of the Charette Planning Committee and the Design Team, I was able to work directly with the designers, engineers and architects who were envisioning what downtown Berwick could be. This project was much different from most as we were working with an almost blank slate and envisioning an entire downtown. On Day 1 of the Charette, we hosted a site walk of the Prime Tanning and Estabrook School properties and then invited the public to identify what the Town needs. Here is what we came up with. (Thank you to our scribe, Ron McCallister for these notes.)

What would you LIKE to see? Restaurant/brewpub, senior housing, community center, small businesses, access to river, gathering places, small homes, parking, retail stores, small grocery, public transportation, repurposing, sustainability, new Main Street with amenities, walkability, character, rural atmosphere, sense of community, playground, community college, nightlife, character, old world charm, residential over commercial uses, community garden, outdoor film fest, movie theatre, affordable housing for all, open space, skate park/rink, trails, space for non-profits, shops and green space, safe bike paths, links to sites, connectivity, bandstand. These were organized into a variety of categories by Kristen Grant and Sarah Hourihane.

What would you NOT like to see? Fast food, chain stores, McDonalds, video stores, roundabouts, lots of bars, prefab row housing, big box stores, more than three story buildings, big houses/apartments, large industrial buildings.

What are some unique opportunities, considerations and challenges of this site? Senior housing in safe environment, environmental contamination, community college, traffic from Somersworth, the abundance of parking on the Estabrook land, purchase Catholic Church for housing, culture, open space, a blank slate for changes, sustainability.

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Here is a design idea for the Estabrook/Doran School Parcel, which includes a Common Green (for concerts, movies in the park, gathering), Community Center, Senior Housing and Workforce Housing/Apartments over commercial space.

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Below is a workup of the Prime Tanning Site which includes housing and Commercial space to include shops, restaurants and even a brewery. There is also plenty of green space, tying the whole area together.

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Here are some streetscapes:

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It is important to remember that this is just an envisioning process. Nothing is set in stone, there are no developers bidding on projects, this is just the first step in the process. We are so lucky to have had access to all of that talent at no cost to the taxpayers of Berwick. This is truly a positive step for the community.

About Nichole Fecteau:

I have lived and owned in Southern Maine for over fifteen years. I raised a family in Berwick, ME and my children attend the SAD 60 school district. When not listing and selling property, you can find me enjoying the mountains and lakes of Maine and New Hampshire. I am an avid hiker and have logged countless miles on the Appalacchian trail. I particularly like the rugged Northern Presidentials. Not only do I carry a backpack and tent on the weekends, I can also be found with my fishing pole in the water of backcountry rivers and ponds. My personal motto is “work hard, play hard!.”

I began my real estate career when my youngest son was about to enter Kindergarten. Sales has always been a passion of mine and I considered homes the ultimate items to sell. Once I got my feet wet in the field, I realized that Real Estate is less about sales and more about connections and helping others realize their dreams. I was hooked right from the beginning. I love helping both my clients and colleagues realize their dreams. Each day I walk into my office energized and ready for a new start with fresh challenges and rewards. My passion is selling expired listings- quickly and for top dollar. I focus on Southern Maine and am licensed in NH as well. Nothing makes me happier than giving homeowners hope in selling their homes where they thought there was none.

2012 & 2013 Associate Leadership Council
2012 & 2013 Technology Committee Chairman
Martha Squires Award
Rising Star Award

2010 Berwick Library Committee member
2011 Berwick Recreation Committee member
2013-present Friends of the Berwick Riverfront Chairman
2013-present Berwick Trails Committee Chariman
2015-present Berwick Planning Board member
2015-present Berwick Brownfield Steering Committee member

Penny Pond Trail, Berwick, ME

Here is a link to a (shaky) video of a walk down the Penny Pond Trail in Berwick, ME in October.

Penny Pond Walk

The Penny Pond Trail is on a large parcel of land owned by the Town of Berwick that borders the downtown area. Two trailheads allow access from the library or Dobson Road with a third trailhead on Logan Street being planned for the future. This trail will be vital in fulfilling the Townspeople’s vision of a safe, walkable trail network connecting the downtown area with the outskirts of town.

In the Spring, Summer and Fall, this trail is a delightful place to stroll or even walk your dog. Recently installed bag holders at both trail heads provide a means to clean up after your pup (please bring it with you) or help beautify the trail and our streets be removing litter. Thank you to Robert Flynn, member of the Berwick Trails Committee, for crafting and installing the bag holders. In the Winter, members of the committee shovel Penny Pond (a shallow but wide pond) for ice skating and the trail is perfect for easy snow shoeing.

Check it out sometime and post your experience here!

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3 BEDROOMS
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1404 Square Feet

This is your chance to become part of the Downtown Berwick Revitilization effort!

 

Former church building and doublewide mobile home on this lot provide many possibilities! Chuch building has hanicapped entry access to main floor. Main floor features on large room for congragating, a small office or 3 season porch and entry area. Downstairs are multiple rooms including an office, nursery, kitchen and bathrooms. 

 

Mobile home has been well maintained and has 3 bedrooms, 2 baths and an open concept Kitchen/Living Room/Dining area. 

 

Possibilities include art gallery, artist space, church, recreation center, daycare etc. (please consult zoning regulations) 

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How Was the 2013 Real Estate Market in York County?

It’s that time of year again- time to look back and compare real estate sales from the past 2 years. The media is always touting that the real estate market is back, but how accurate is that in Southern York County, Maine? Let’s compare 2012 sales to 2013 sales to see what the trend is in a few towns.

York, Maine

                                             2012                                    2013

# Sold Listings         240                                      268     +12%

Avg. Sq. Ftg.            2,110                                   2,016

Avg. List Price        $485,283                             $494,416  +2%

Avg. Sale Price      $447,789                             $463,607   +3.4%

Avg. Days on Market   180                                   140         Homes are selling

                                                                                           faster by over a month!

Kittery, ME

                                     2012                                    2013

# Sold Listings         105                                      126   +17%

Avg. Sq. Ftg.            1,708                                  1,899

Avg. List Price        $347,493                             $395,588  +12%

Avg. Sale Price      $329,547                             $376,891  +13%

Avg. Days on Market   144                                   117         Homes are selling

                                                                                       faster by almost a month!

Eliot, ME

                                  2012                                  2013

# Sold Listings         63                                             66        

Avg. Sq. Ftg.            2,070                                  1,999

Avg. List Price        $290,955                             $307,226  +5%

Avg. Sale Price      $282,220                            $296,154   +5%

Avg. Days on Market   109                                   93         Homes are selling

                                                                                      faster by about 2 weeks

South Berwick, ME

                                     2012                                    2013

# Sold Listings         63                                          73     +14%

Avg. Sq. Ftg.            1,993                                   1,898

Avg. List Price        $226,478                            $226,935  

Avg. Sale Price      $218,044                             $219,434   

Avg. Days on Market   118                                   103         Homes are selling

                                                                                        faster by about 2 weeks!

Berwick, ME

                                  2012                               2013

# Sold Listings         66                                         86     +13%

Avg. Sq. Ftg.            1,644                                   1,855

Avg. List Price        $173,202                             $197,997  +13%

Avg. Sale Price      $167,823                             $191,490   +12%

Avg. Days on Market   126                                   111         Homes are selling

                                                                                      faster by almost 2 weeks!

As you can tell by these stats, the market is up all around and is continuing to trend toward a seller’s market in Southern Maine.

As always, The Fecteau Group is here to answer all of your real estate questions, whether you are buying or selling property. For an in-home consultation on buying or selling, simply fill out the form below.

Friends of the Berwick Riverfront Formally Accepted by Berwick Selectmen

The Friends of the Berwick Riverfront made a presentation last night at the Board of Selectmen’s Meeting in Berwick. Dennis Dupuis,  co-chair and I talked to the Board about our vision for a recreational canoe/kayak access spot on the Salmon Falls River. The access point would be on Rochester Street at the site of the old Water Department pump station. We discussed constructing a boat ramp similar to this one:

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and removing/replacing the building that is currently on the site. The Selectmen voted and formally accepted the Friends of the Berwick Riverfront as a committee with limited scope at this point. Our next step is to obtain quotes for installing the boat ramp and removing and replacing the building. Committee member Scott Richardson is looking into grants that may help fund the project. Kim Taylor is working with the Sewer Department to see the feasibility of bringing Town Sewer lines to the site. Craig Plaisted is researching possibilities for the new building.

The Selectmen voted and approved the committee as follows.

Dennis Dupuis- co-chair

Nichole Fecteau- co-chair

Scott Richardson

Craig Plaisted

Cameron Plaisted

Joshua Matthews

Virginia Charron

Bob Flynn

Kim Taylor

The next Friends of the Berwick Riverfront meeting is scheduled for Tuesday the 28th of January in Town Hall at 5:00pm.

Find us on facebook! https://www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheBerwickRiverfront

Interested in joining the Friends of the Berwick Riverfront? Contact Nichole- nicholefecteau@gmail.com

Berwick’s First Ever Winter Farmer’s Market- A Huge Success!

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With a big snowstorm last night into this morning, nobody knew what the turnout would be for the first ever Berwick Winter Farmer’s Market. Due to great marketing efforts on the part of the Downtown Vision Committee, specifically Jessica Sheldon and the Sustainability Committee, the turnout was great and the market a huge success.

Nichole FecteauI was out showing houses this morning and couldn’t make it there at 10, but when I arrived at noon, the place was hopping! I stopped around to a couple of tables to check out the goods and then started shopping. There was everything from local art to cheeses, breads, meat and vegetables available. In addition, local artisans selling yarns and soaps and everything in between.

Nichole FecteauI picked up some beautiful eggs as well as some fresh veggies and locally grown dried beans for soup. We sampled soups from The Soup Guy and left with some potato leek and mushroom corn chowder- YUM! One of our favorite local brewpubs, Leaven was there but had already sold out of everything they brought. At each table I asked how the turnout was and got a positive response all around. I was proud of my little community for coming out to support this event.

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Berwick Winter Farmers’ Market, 3rd Sunday of the month January-March 2014 (Jan 19, Feb 16, Mar 16), 10am-2pm, Berwick Town Hall (11 Sullivan St, Berwick, Maine).  Contact: Jessica Sheldon (jessica.local@hotmail.com603-534-3831).
Thank you to Ben Watts for the great photos of the event.

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