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Main-Land Hired for Oxford Casino Site Development

-Main-Land Development Consultants is leading a team of Maine firms readying the site for spring construction and is the only one based in Western Maine-

LIVERMORE FALLS – A Western Maine firm has been chosen as the lead developers for the $165 million Oxford casino project approved by Maine voters last month.

Black Bear Entertainment has retained the Livermore Falls based Main-Land Development Consultants to lead development at the site of the 65,000-square-foot four-season resort casino and connected 200-room hotel atop Pigeon Hill.

The firm’s work as project managers of the site development includes site selection, surveying and site mapping, conceptual planning and site layout, grading and utility designs.

Main-Land is also responsible for obtaining local, state and federal permits for the project, and was on hand to present plans earlier this month at a Maine Department of Environmental Protection required hearing held in Oxford, attended by more than 200 people, the majority of whom turned out in support of the casino and the jobs it will bring to the community.

Main-Land engineer Bob Berry, who is serving as project manager for the firm’s work on the casino, said his team plans to file its application to Maine DEP for a state permit for the first phase of the project by December 22. An application to the town of Oxford’s Planning Board will follow in January.

Following approvals, construction would begin at the site in the spring, with the casino opening the following spring of 2012. Construction at the site will generate hundreds of jobs, and Black Bear Entertainment has received thousands of inquiries from those hoping to work in the casino and related resort facilities once they are complete, said Berry. Future expansion plans include expanded gaming facilities, a 200-room hotel room, parking garage and convention facilities.

While the Oxford casino will provide first class gaming, lodging, dining and entertainment facilities, the development of the resort will be respectful of its rural location. The eco-conscious buildings will compliment the woodland setting and required exterior lights will be downward facing so as not to be seen from nearby Route 26 and abutting homes, Berry explained.

“Main-Land’s has been working in Western Maine for nearly four decades, but perhaps more importantly, we also live, play and are active in our communities here. Because of that, we know how important this resort will be to our neighbors, and we have the local relationships and the track record to ensure the site will be developed in a way that is both respectful of the region’s past while readying it for an exciting and prosperous future,” said Berry.

In addition to Berry as Project Manager, Main-Land’s team includes: Survey Coordinator Charles Buker, engineer Richard Dunton, surveyor Barry Allen and GIS Coordinator and surveyor Timothy Gallant.

Other Maine companies consulting on the site development include wetland scientist Ken Stratton of Winthrop, Maine Traffic Resources of Gardiner, Summit Geoengineering Services of Lewiston, Sweet Associates of Falmouth and Land Design Solutions of Cumberland. The Hartford, Connecticut based JCJ Architecture is the project architect.

Berry said he and his Main-Land team are proud that a local firm was chosen to lead the development of a project so important to the people and financial future of Western Maine. Not only does it speak to the talent the region holds, but also to the commitment of Black Bear Entertainment to create meaningful opportunity for Western Maine from day one, he said.

“Black Bear Entertainment likes to hire the best professionals, and the best can be found right here in Maine,” said Robert Lally, treasurer for Black Bear Entertainment and a co-owner of the nearby Mt. Abram ski area. “When the time came to choose a land development consultant and start site selection for the Oxford Resort Casino, our first call was to Main-Land. The firm has the professionals, the technology, and the understanding of the significance of this resort to our region needed for this unique project.”

For more information about Main-Land Development Consultants, visit www.main-landdci.com or call (207) 897-6752. For more information about the Oxford Resort Casino, visit www.oxfordcasino.com.

Main-Land Development Consultants has been providing land use planning services including surveying, soils testing, mapping, engineering, permitting and wastewater design to both public and private projects throughout western Maine and beyond since 1974. The company, now in its 37th year, is based in Livermore Falls and can be found online at www.main-landdci.com. For more information, call (207) 897-6752.

MEREDA Awards Darryl Brown and Main-Land Team for Public Policy Advocacy

Darryl Brown Receiving MEREDA Award

~The owner of the Livermore Falls based Main-Land Development Consultants receives award for his company’s commitment to educating Mainers about proposed changes to development law~

PORTLAND- The Livermore Falls businessman who organized opposition to proposed drastic reforms to Maine development law has been honored for his advocacy.

Darryl Brown, president/owner of the Livermore Falls based land planning firm Main-Land Development Consultants, was given the Public Policy Award from the Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) at the organization’s annual conference and showcase held last week in Portland.

Brown was presented the award before a crowd of 500 plus people by Raymond Cota, president of MEREDA, a Portland based organization now in its 25th year whose mission is to promote an environment for responsible development and ownership of real estate throughout Maine.

While the annual Public Policy Award is given each year to a Mainer whose efforts have had a significant impact on public policy decisions for the benefit of the real estate industry in the state, the honor celebrates the entire Main-Land team’s commitment to the cause of working for reasonable development regulation.

Last winter, Brown, who founded Main-Land in 1974 and is a former state legislator, learned of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection’s plan to update the Site Location of Development Law in a way he believed would drastically decelerate development in the state.

Had the revisions been enacted as proposed, they would have limited large scale non-residential development to designated zones or districts served by public sewer systems; mandated preservation of at least 55 percent of the land area in residential developments over 30 acres; prohibited the disturbances of slopes 20 percent or greater, severely slowing projects in Maine’s mountainous regions; and given the state the authority to review proposed project contractors.

Fearing the impact these restrictions would have on attracting and retaining growth in the state, Brown and his staff rapidly rallied to
educate Mainers and their elected representatives about the effect of the proposed changes through a seven-stop series of informational forums around central and western Maine, media outreach and a statewide letters to legislators campaign.

Their efforts resulted in a turnout of more than 100 concerned citizens packing a public hearing last April when the bill arrived in Augusta as LD 1268: The Act to Update the Site Location of Development Law. As a result of testimony heard that day and in subsequent work sessions that Brown and Main-Land staffers participated in, the version of the bill eventually approved eliminated many of its most limiting laws and ensured Maine would remain open to responsible development and the jobs and revenue it brings.

“After working so hard to build this business for the past 35 years, it was a huge risk to challenge a powerful state agency but as a citizen and a small business owner, I strongly believe that in these trying economic times, we should be encouraging investment in our communities, not legislatively preventing it,” Brown explained.

“I am proud that our work at Main-Land is being honored by MEREDA, but even more so that we helped to shape a powerful piece of legislation that reflects the needs of regulators and the real people who must live by their rules. While we may not all work in Augusta, we need to work to keep our voices heard there.”

In addition to Brown’s award, other honors handed out by MEREDA at the event included the President’s Award to Mark R. Bergeron, of Sevee & Maher Engineers in Cumberland; the Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founders’ Award to David H. Cook, of AlliedCook Construction Corp. in Scarborough; and the Volunteer of the Year Award to Gary D. Vogel, of Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon in Portland.

Main-Land Development Consultants has been providing land use planning services including surveying, soils testing, mapping, engineering, permitting and wastewater design to both public and private projects throughout western Maine and beyond since 1974. The company, now in its 35th year, is based in Livermore Falls and can be found online at www.main-landdci.com. For more information, call (207) 897- 6752.

Mt. Abram Adds Duane’s Retreat

To cap off a process that has been about a year in the making,  the Town of Greenwood Planning Board approved the plan of the Hillside Condominiums at Mount Abram project.  Hillside Condominiums at Mt. Abram is a 121 unit residential condominium project adjacent to the Mt. Abram ski slopes.  Each unit will have up to 4 bedrooms, a deck, extra parking, and most will have ski-in ski-out access to the trails. The project includes over a mile of new roads, expanded and new parking areas, expansion of their snowmaking ponding facility, new wells and water distribution system, and improvements to decks and patios at the lodge.

The project is still in the review process with the Maine DEP, though a decision on the Site Location of Development Permit is not far off.