2017-06-22 / News

Developer, officials say mill project is still happening in Biddeford

By Molly Lovell-Keely
Managing Editor


Lincoln Mill in Biddeford has remained undeveloped since it was purchased in 2014 by developer Tim Harrington. The developer has given various timelines for the project to begin. (Molly Lovell-Keely photo) Lincoln Mill in Biddeford has remained undeveloped since it was purchased in 2014 by developer Tim Harrington. The developer has given various timelines for the project to begin. (Molly Lovell-Keely photo) BIDDEFORD – Over the winter, developer Tim Harrington of Atlantic Holdings, LLC said construction on the $65 million Lincoln Mill project in downtown Biddeford was expected to begin in spring 2017.

At the start of spring a fence went up around the property to deter trespassing and while construction hasn’t begun, on June 1, Harrington said, “The Lincoln Mill Project is proceeding on our projected schedule and we are working diligently on our construction plans with our inhouse team members so that all of our plans will be ready to move efficiently and quickly ahead when we start full construction. No further information is available at this time.”

The project was announced in 2014 and in 2015, permits were granted for the project by the city’s code enforcement department. Two permits were applied for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the project. The Phase 1 permit was valued at $10 million and would have required a $140,000 fee. It was issued but not paid. The Phase 2 permit was valued at $20 million and would have required a $280,000 fee, and was never issued.

Both permits expired in 2015, said Code Enforcement Director Roby Fecteau, adding that if no substantial start has occurred on a project within 12 months, permits are voided.

Dan Stevenson, the city’s economic development director, said the project would have to go before the planning board to reaffirm both site plan and subdivision review.

“It is our understanding that the project remains the same with no proposed changes from its original planning board approvals. We do not know when construction would commence. However, it would most like happen shortly after planning board review and approval,” Stevenson said.

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