BANGOR – On Monday night, Bangor city councilors approved spending up to $1 million to renovate a city-owned building on Bangor International Airport property.
The plan, according to Bangor Economic Development Director Tanya Emery, will be to renovate and repair the inside and outside of 689 Maine Avenue.
For the past 10 years, L.L. Bean operated a call center at the building. Bean will vacate the building in April. Now, Emery said, the city will spruce up the building for its next tenant – Wayfair, an online home furnishings sales site.
The money for the renovations will be borrowed from the airport, she said. And, she said, because BIA is a self-sufficient city-operated entity, no direct taxpayer money will be used.
Wayfair has a seven-year lease, with additional options for up to 10 more years, Emery said. The work on the property should be finished in time for Wayfair employees to occupy the building on August 1st.