Front Street Shipyard looking to expand yet again

8:13 PM, Dec 2, 2012   |    comments
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BELFAST, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Directors at a growing business in the city are now looking to expand it even further.

'Front Street Shipyard' has been a real success story for the midcoast since it first opened in 2011. Now 18 months into operation, the site is now housing more than 125 boats for storage and repair. The yard also employs 97 people, which includes carpenters, welders and electrical workers.

Last year directors purchased the Belfast Boatyard next door. They now want to put a second travel lift on the harbor that could haul bigger boats out of the water. Directors say adding a building to house it would create an additional 50 jobs.

Yet in order to build that site, Front Street would have to lease or buy more land from the city. Specifically directors want to take over a public parking lot right next to the yard.

"We think that there's potential to go beyond where we are now," said J.B. Turner, who is the shipyard's president, "I mean we're full now and we've grown into this building and this facility...that's why we're beginning to talk with the city as to the next step...where can we grow to."

A public meeting will have to be held before Front Street can buy or lease the parking lot from the city. It will be taking place this Tuesday night at Belfast City Hall.


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