MILLINOCKET – A non-profit group bought purchased the former Great Northern Paper Mill more than three years ago.
Phase 2 of redeveloping the old mill in Millinocket has begun.
The non-profit development group, Our Katahdin is turning the 1,400 acres of land into a multi-use site.
The home of the Great Northern Paper Mill for over a 100 years is now in phase two of renovation.
“We are looking to revitalize this site, as we said 1,400 acres into a multi-use industrial site,” said Sean Dewitt, President of Our Katahdin.
It used to have one use, and that was to make paper.
One of the new features they are excited about is their transformer which allows for more efficient use of energy.
Dewitt said “the transformer you see behind me is where you will accept that power from Brookfield and step down that voltage so it can be usable by tenants on this site.”
While Our Katahdin is hoping to have several industries on site, one they are targeting specifically is data centers, which provide warehouses for computer hardware and software storage.
Director of Mill Site Redevelopment Steve Sanders said “data centers are expanding the need. The economy is changing in such a way data centers are in continuous need and here we are located with renewable and discounted power.”
David Dewitt worked on the mill for 42 years and he is optimistic about the future.
“For me, I like to see that it is a different generation and thoughts coming out. Thoughts from this generation are going to turn this over into something prosperous and bring people here,” said Dewitt.
Our Katahdin is currently working with business partners and hoping to bring businesses and new jobs to the site.