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Bowdoin Wins Approval for Union Street Building

Story posted November 15, 1998


Nov. 19, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Brunswick Planning Board has approved the College's plans to construct a 35,000-square-foot building on the corner of Union and Noble streets.

The three-story clapboard and shingle building will house the Communications Office and Human Resources on the first floor, the Controller's Office on the second and art studio space and darkrooms for students and faculty on the third.

The College hopes to occupy the building next fall.

The so-called "Maine Street Station" property had remained undeveloped for years. The town bought the 5.8-acre parcel this summer in order to control development there, and to make sure that space would be available for a train station if rail service returned to Brunswick. But they would not have done so without first securing a developer. The College stepped forward as the only viable developer, and in September, bought about 2 acres from the town.

Bowdoin has worked with the town for months to design a project that would satisfy both the neighbors and town officials. It designed a building with a gabled mansard roof and two "front" entrances, one facing the parking lot and one facing Union Street, to better integrate it into the neighborhood. It also reduced the number of parking spaces it wanted, moved the location of the building on the site, and agreed to limit access to only one driveway onto Union Street.

The property will include 125 parking spaces, of which about 75 are needed by the building's occupants. The remaining 50 spaces will be used as off-site parking for the campus. The lot will be open to the public with two-hour parking during business hours, and for unlimited periods during off hours. The College reserves the right to further limit public parking if Bowdoin's needs exceed current predictions.

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