Friday, June 14, 2024

Real Estate: Quarry Ridge Business Park needs signal light

By Larry Eliason

The time has come for the Town of Windham, the Maine Department of Transportation and our legislators to develop a team to bring a signalized light to the intersection of Route 302 and Enterprise Drive for public safety, traffic calming and to help attract new investment to the Quarry Ridge Business Park.

An aerial photo show Quarry Ridge Business Park 
in North Windham. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The Quarry Ridge Business Park offers an incredible opportunity for Windham to expand an existing business park to attract companies with good paying jobs and to provide a stronger commercial tax base for the town.

Over the past several years, I have written articles about commercial real estate, lot sales and development activity at the Quarry Ridge Business Park with an emphasis on Enterprise Drive and Bedrock Terrace. Enterprise Drive is just off Roosevelt Trail/Route 302. This Business Park is a Grondin Family investment in Windham.

As many will agree, the intersection of Route 302 and Enterprise Drive has become a very busy intersection as Enterprise Drive, Bedrock Terrace and Storm Drive have several businesses from retail, office, service, manufacturing, engineering, public storage with many valued business owners, their employees and customers. Cars and trucks sit for very long periods of time waiting to get off Enterprise Drive onto Route 302 without a signalized light. My biggest fear is a carload of kids going for ice cream pull out onto Route 302 at the wrong time and there ends up being a tragedy that can be prevented.

There is an existing MDOT traffic movement plan in place that will eventually include a much-needed traffic signal at the intersection of Enterprise Drive and Route 302. It is certainly time to wipe the dust off this plan and make an action plan and implement it asap. The chicken and egg story for this intersection has been going on for way too long in my opinion.

The intent of the Enterprise Development District 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.

The following uses are currently allowed in the Enterprise Development District:

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, Minor, 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, and the Wireless Telecommunications Tower and Facility.

Quarry Ridge Business Park off Enterprise Drive is located on approximately 1,000 acres of land. Phase 1A was built in 2004 and was anchored by Genest Concrete products and LaValley Lumber Building Supply. The LaValley property was acquired by Tube Hollows International in 2012.

Phase 1B was approved by the town of Windham in 2006 and since then mining of the gravel pit and quarry has progressed enough to leave behind flat buildable lots available for industrial use. The entire development is served by public water, electric including (3-Phase) and natural gas.

As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, I see millions of dollars in new investment coming to this Business Park in the coming years. The commercial tax base being generated will provide the Town of Windham with a valuable commercial tax base to help provide additional infrastructure and services to the residents of Windham.

Please feel free to contact me on my cell at 207-415-2112 or email me at Butts Commercial Brokers is at 1265 Roosevelt Trail, Raymond, Maine 04071 <

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