The 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:
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.
EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant - E & R Building
EDA Grant for Site Infrastructure ($5.3MM) - Press Release
Drone Footage of the Site
It's Our Heritage - Bangor Daily News
Collins, King, Poliquin Applaud Purchase of Former Millinocket Mill - Joint Statement
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
Millinocket receives portion of mill site in 'Our Katahdin' deal - News Center Maine