By Larry Eliason
The Enterprise Development District (ED Zone) is the home of the Quarry Ridge Business Park located right off Route 302 on Enterprise Drive in North Windham. The ED Zone offers Business Owners and Developers a wide variety of commercial uses and land area for large commercial buildings and large-scale projects. The Business Park is served by public water, electric including three-phase and natural gas. For easy reference, you can access Enterprise Drive directly off Route 302. The Dugout Ice Cream is at the corner for reference.
The intent of the Enterprise Development District (ED Zone) is to provide a unique area within the Town of Windham to allow manufacturing, processing, treatment, warehousing, storage, research, and distribution with safe, well-regulated vehicle access located off a major street which can conform to the performance standards set forth in this section and in all other applicable ordinances of the Town of Windham.
Since February of this year, four (4) commercial lots have sold in the Quarry Ridge Business Park along Enterprise Drive and Bedrock Terrace; Lot 3A, Lot 3B, Lot # 8 and Lot # 9. One of the lots sold, Lot # 3A at the corner of Enterprise Drive and Bedrock Terrace has a new 12,500-plus square foot Commercial Building under construction. This new building when completed will be the new home of Paul’s Boutique and Nursery Grow and Processing Facility. Paul’s Boutique was one of two Windham companies to apply for and receive an Adult Use Cannabis License. This new facility will add good paying jobs and additional commercial tax base for Windham.
In addition to the four (4) Commercial Lots that sold, a ½-acre Commercial Lot on Storm Drive and Enterprise Drive sold this spring. And there is a large scale 25-acre land sale and project pending out behind Genest Concrete.
The following uses shall be permitted in the Enterprise Development District as a matter of right; Auction House; Automobile Auction Facility; Automobile Repair Services; Building; Accessory; Business and Professional Office; Contractor Services; Contractor Storage Yard; Construction Services; Heavy, Major, Construction Services; Heavy, Convention Center; Distribution Facility; Forestry; Hotel; Industry; Heavy, Industry, Light; Marijuana Cultivation Facility; Marijuana Manufacturing, Facility; Marijuana Testing Facility; Mineral Extraction; Motel; Public Utility Facility; Retail Sales, Accessory; Small Engine Repair, Use, Accessory; Warehousing; Private, Warehousing, Public; Wireless Telecommunications Tower and Facility.
In addition to the permitted uses, there are a couple of Conditional Uses that may be an option as well, including Automobile Storage Lot and Shipping Containers.
Back in 2010, Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers made recommendations for improvements to Route 302 from Whites Bridge Road out to Mineral Spring Road that was referred to as the 302 Corridor Plan. The 302 Corridor Plan specifically addressed the full signalization of the intersection at Enterprise Drive and Route 302 once the warrants for signalization are met in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and the MaineDOT approves the project.
There is an existing Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) traffic movement plan in place that will eventually include a much-needed traffic signal at the intersection of Enterprise Drive and Route 302. Many hours of the day it is exceedingly difficult to make a left-hand turn onto Route 302 due to oncoming traffic, especially in the summer months. There is a “trips per day” generated threshold to trigger the signal installation which is still relatively far away per MDOT standards.
As new Commercial Development comes to the Quarry Ridge Business Park, the closer we get to having a signalized intersection at Enterprise Drive and Route 302. This will provide convenience and efficiency for the existing businesses and their customers in the business park, attracting new commercial development and most importantly making safety a priority for everyone turning left out of Enterprise Drive onto Route 302.
When considering the acquisition of Commercial Land for new commercial development, you should always engage a team of professionals to assist you with the process. Working with an experienced Commercial Broker is recommended as they are one of those instrumental team members that can help guide you.
This article was brought to you by Larry Eliason, Commercial Broker with Butts Commercial Brokers in Raymond. You can reach him at 207-415-2112.