Millinocket Mill Site

Administration BuildingThe closure of the Great Northern Paper mill in Millinocket in 2008 devastated the town, the people and the region. When the mill stacks came down in 2014, emotions in town were palpable and raw. Our Katahdin formed less than a month later determined to invest in the community.

Now, by purchasing the Millinocket GNP Mill site, exciting new opportunities for economic development, partnership and community engagement abound. The vision for redevelopment of the mill site is to have multiple, diverse enterprises that create a more resilient economy.

Mill Site Acquisition:  

- Read the full press release about the acquisition

- FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Goals for the Site

Goal 1:  Take stock of all maps and information currently in possession, and work with experts, partners and the community to identify the “highest and best use” of all existing land and buildings on the 1,400 acre mill site. The goal is to have an industrial site plan in place in 2018.

Goal 2:  Identify and address past liabilities related to the Millinocket mill site. This includes liens from unpaid taxes to the Town of Millinocket and the federal Internal Revenue Services, as well as unpaid permits to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The goal is to have a clear title on the property in 2018.

Goal 3:  Set a new precedent for community involvement in the redevelopment of the mill site through public meetings and publication of information in the local newspaper, the Our Katahdin website and in social media outlets.

Goal 4:  Serve our ultimate goal of recruitment of businesses and job creation on the mill site. Success will be measured both on the quantity and quality of jobs created.

Grant Information:

FY2021 RBldg Cleanup Grant - ABCA (For Public Meeting).pdf

2021 RBldg Cleanup Grant - Narrative (Upload For Public Meeting).pdf

Grant Applications

EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant - E & R Building

Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA)

Microbial Inspection Report & Proposal

Hazardous Building Materials Survey - Tables 

- Hazardous Building Materials Survey - Figures

EDA Grant for Site Infrastructure ($5.3MM) - Press Release

Please note:
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Drone Footage of the Site

Press Coverage

Our Katahdin Awarded $5.3 Million grant to invest in former mill site

It's Our Heritage - Bangor Daily News

Collins, King, Poliquin Applaud Purchase of Former Millinocket Mill - Joint Statement

Sen. King Tours Katahdin Region and Former Mill Site in Hopes of Economic Development - WABI 5

Nonprofit buys former Great Northern Paper holdings in Millinocket - Portland Press Herald

Katahdin group buys former Great Northern Paper mill site in Millinocket - Bangor Daily News

Our Katahdin purchases site of former Millinocket mill - Fox 22

Millinocket receives portion of mill site in 'Our Katahdin' deal - News Center Maine

Nonprofit acquires Millinocket mill site, plans collaboration with town on redevelopment - Mainebiz


Matching Gifts

Thanks Hampden Electrical, another outstanding supporter of the Katahdin Region, for matching $1000 in donations to Our Katahdin projects.

Hampden Electrical

337 Perry Rd. Suite #1
Bangor, ME 04401

IDEXX, with its continued dedication to the health of Maine communities, has generously matched $1500 in donations to
Revitalize Hillcrest Park IDEXX Laboratories

Thank you Lisa Caruso and Jay Peavey for generously matching $500 in donations to the
Katahdin Area Communal Gardens
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