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Prime Tanning Industrial Building Reuse Study in Berwick, ME

February 6, 2021

Prime Tanning Site MapThe Challenge

The Prime Tanning industrial facility lies in the heart of the Town of Berwick, ME, and served as its economic lifeblood until 2008 when the business closed leaving a vacant and deteriorating brownfield site.

The Town secured clean-up funding and turned to Camoin Associates to evaluate the local and regional market and identify market-feasible uses for the site.

The Solution

The market analysis found several viable uses for the site including market-rate housing, senior housing, convenience retail, medical office, and restaurants.

Due to the large nature of the site, Camoin Associates identified potential mixed-use redevelopment concepts that considered complementary relationships between uses, including residential and retail uses and senior housing and medical office uses.

The Impact

A private development company purchased the property in 2020 and is moving forward with a mixed-use development that capitalizes on the opportunities identified in the market study. “The Edge” will feature 200 residential rental units and 100,000 square feet of commercial space, including restaurants and shops.

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