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BTLT in the News, “Land trust moves to Brunswick Landing”

We have moved our office to Brunswick Landing! Check out the recent press coverage on the big move and what we hope will become of this beautiful new space.

The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust has moved from offices on Brunswick’s Maine Street to Brunswick Landing at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The new location is at 179 Neptune Drive, formerly the Navy’s non-commissioned officer’s club.

The new location places the land trust near Neptune Woods, Kate Furbish Preserve a branch of the Bath Area YMCA and the Town Rec Department.

“Because we are now in the Landing community — where there are residences and businesses — and because we are adjacent to recreation lands, people are going to be able to more easily use our office space as a resource. We’d like to offer things like a library of guidebooks, guided outings, and maybe one day trailhead restrooms,” said Nikkilee Cataldo, the trust’s director of programs, in a statement.

The new facility has a large deck, shared meeting rooms, parking and outdoor spaces. The Cathance River Education Alliance has already moved into the adjacent office space.

“We’re looking forward to the space being shared with partners in our work,” said Angela Twitchell, executive director of the trust. “Having CREA and other organizations right next door is exciting because it will allow us to all do more collaborative work together.”

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BTLT in the News, “Redevelopment authority seeking input on uses for 144-acres on former base”

Recently, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority put together a survey to gather public input on the future use of 144-acres on Brunswick Landing. The survey closed recently, but you can learn about the plans and the project at the article below.

BRUNSWICK — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority is trying to decide what to do with 144-acres on the west side of the former Navy base and is seeking public input.

The parcel, which includes a cranberry wetland, a radar tower, abandoned military bunkers, airport access roads, a quarry and land formerly part of the town commons, was originally part of a roughly 275-acre area given over to Bowdoin College for educational purposes in 2006.

But according to Bowdoin spokesperson  Doug Cook, the original terms of the agreement required the college to make “substantial investments in new facilities on the former naval air station land by the year 2020.” Instead, the college made an outright purchase of about 13 acres last year. The Navy conveyed the remaining land back to the redevelopment authority, which is overseeing revitalization efforts at the former base, now renamed Brunswick Landing.

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Help decide how 144 acres of undeveloped land in Brunswick will look in the future!

You can help decide how 144 acres of undeveloped land in Brunswick will look in the future! Condos? Affordable housing? Recreation? You decide what is best! 

We strongly encourage you to take part in the community decision about how Brunswick should use a large tract of undeveloped land across Rt 123 from the Brunswick Town Commons, stretching from Bowdoin campus in the north and nearly all the way to Middle Bay/Merriconeag Road in the south. The land was ceded to the US Navy decades ago, but has now been returned for community use and Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) is in the process of planning for what to do with it 

In the initial redevelopment plan, created based on community input over a decade ago, the land was reserved for recreational and educational uses, and was to be given to Bowdoin College, but they have decided that they do not want the entire parcel. The land has instead been turned over to MRRA. 

The 144-acres contains valuable wetland, stream, and vernal pool habitat as well as the opportunity to enlarge recreational opportunities in Brunswick. A large portion of the land was historically part of the Town Commons. The northern section includes a paved trail (the Perimeter Trail) and the original redevelopment plan showed that trail continuing through this parcel to Town land to the south, then connecting to Kate Furbish West, and circling around the south end of the airstrip to join with the rest of the proposed Perimeter Trail on the east side of the Landing. 

MRRA is now seeking public input on how best to use this land. You can take a virtual tour of the property online, then fill out the survey. Each section has a place for you to include your own reactions to their proposals. Some issues to think about:  

  • There are community partners that would be willing to support the Town in managing the land to assure public recreational access at minimal expense to taxpayers. 
  • Development does not always mean revenue for a municipality – roads, schools, and other infrastructure often cost more than the tax revenue brought in through from residential development. 
  • Many recent studies have shown that increased recreational resources like trails support the local economy. 
  • It is important to think about how best to balance community use/needs and development. Is this a place for development or other community needs or both? 

Please take some time to consider what you would like to see this section of land look like in the future, and then share your opinion with MRRA. 

Coming to the Market? Leave the pups at home!

Recently, we have observed visitors to the Farmers’ Market leaving their dogs in parked cars. It is dangerously hot inside a car for a dog, even on days as low as 70 degrees, especially with the lack of shade in the high school parking lot. Under no circumstance should a dog be left in a car when the temperature exceeds 70 degrees.