The Brunswick Station site was considered the largest remaining piece of developable land in the downtown area. Its location and size are widely recognized as key components of its redevelopment potential. JHR Development created a mixed-use development (retail, office, restaurants, and hotel) incorporating a multimodal transportation center, home to the Amtrak/Downeaster train station and bus service.
In 2005, the Town of Brunswick, Maine initiated the Maine Street Station (former name) Redevelopment Master Plan in an effort to return this underutilized, blighted Brownfield site to active use as a distinctive part of the downtown’s fabric.
A Steering Committee composed of abutting land owners, municipal officials, neighborhood representatives, and members of Brunswick’s business community developed a Master Plan, which was the guiding force behind an RFP to interested developers.
JHR Development of Maine (a wholly owned subsidiary of JHR Development) was selected as the “developer of choice” based on experience with similar projects and the proven ability to work closely and effectively with local groups.
JHR Development had the best track record of development including a similar-sized site, good relations with towns in which they had done work, good understanding of what the town was trying to achieve…and quality.
William Torrey is the former Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration at Bowdoin College and was also a member of the Maine Street Implementation Committee.
When discussing Brunswick Station, Matthew Eddy, who is the Economic Development Director of Kennebunk, Maine, had the following to say about Hilary Rockett.
He’s been in the development business essentially since he’s been out of college. The Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts is very similar to what we are doing here.
– Mathew Eddy