The Hathaway Creative Center

New England’s premier historic mill renovation is the place to live, work and play


Imagine you work in a historic renovated mill, with sunlight that streams through the windows onto hardwood floors. Along with special incandescent lighting that highlights the building’s natural attributes and rustic brickwork huge arched windows help create an inspirational living and working environment. You watch an eagle soar over the majestic Kennebec River from your office after you’ve had a delicious lunch made from local ingredients at the indoor café. When rush hour hits you casually walk home to your apartment, a floor or two away. Continue reading

The place to live work & play


The Hathaway Creative Center offers 67 loft apartments and 120,000 square feet of office and retail space to the region’s growing community for a variety of business sectors. The Center provides the ideal solution to people looking for affordable multi-purpose space in an urban environment.

When you walk in the doors your greeted warmly with Maine’s classic hospitality. On the right you’ll find a boutique, Unique Designs, and on the left is the Property Management office. Just a bit down the hall is the Button Down Cafe, serving up local specialities.

The Center’s location in historic Waterville, just off of Interstate I-95 between Portland and Bangor, makes it easily accessible from the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast. It’s just over an hour to Portland and under three hours to Boston.


Add to that the availability of majestic mountains, pristine fresh lakes and rivers, and over 3,000 miles of the classic Maine coastline.

Just a short walk from this premier renovated mill is downtown Waterville, a community minded college town, with outstanding world-class restaurants, shops with handmade quality goods, cutting-edge galleries, a historic Opera House, and a renowned film festival venue. Please click here for leasing opportunities.

There are still leasing opportunities available in these spacious locations. Some businesses that are located in the Hathaway Center qualify for Maine Pine Tree Development Zone status— where eligible businesses have the chance to greatly reduce or virtually eliminate state taxes for up to ten years when they create new, quality jobs in certain business sectors or move existing jobs in those sectors to Maine. In addition specific new market tax credits have given us the opportunity to offer more competitive leases for organizations or businesses that qualify.

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Colby, Thomas college presidents talk of creative economy potential in Waterville like Hathaway Center

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Read the full article that appeared in the Kennebec Journal HERE.

Thomas College President Laurie Lachance said October 8, 2015 said that her college is working with the Harold Alfond Foundation and a team of business advisers in Augusta and Waterville to examine what they can do to complement the work Colby college is doing on Main Street in Waterville. “We want to be able to support entrepreneurship,” she said.

Lachance and Colby President David Greene spoke about their plans to 120 business leaders, educators, economic development advocates and others.

Greene talked about Colby’s partnering with the city, business professionals and groups including the chamber, Waterville Main Street and Waterville Creates! to help develop more living spaces downtown, make it more attractive for residents and businesses, enhance the arts and cultural offerings, improve connections to the riverfront and spur economic development. Greene said he and some 20 people met over six months and identified several downtown needs, including renovating deteriorating buildings.

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The Hathaway Center’s community of Waterville is great!

photos by David Leaming
Hundreds of people turned out October 4, 2015 at the Head of Falls park in Waterville to celebrate the changing of the seasons and the town’s cultural diversity during the joint Harvest Fest and Festival at the Falls.

People sat and stood, watching a stage with live musicians playing traditional French folk tunes. Nearby, a handful of kids were busy carving pumpkins, while others waited in line to try their hand at pumpkin bowling, aiming a small gourd down a hill at 1-liter bottles at the end of a lane made out of hay bales.

Above is an excerpt by See the full article in Morning Sentinel here.

Colby College president’s wider vision for downtown Waterville- with Hathaway Center

Colby College President David A. Greene and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro walk down Main Street in downtown Waterville on Tuesday. photo by Michael G. Seamans

Colby College President David A. Greene and Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro walk down Main Street in downtown Waterville on Tuesday. photo by Michael G. Seamans

BY AMY CALDER STAFF WRITER of The Morning Sentinel, view entire article HERE.
Colby College President David Greene envisions a downtown where students live in apartments on Main Street and are engaged in the community in structured ways, contributing to the life of the city. They might be tutoring in schools, helping out at a social service agency, volunteering in a soup kitchen or working at Hardy Girls Healthy Women.

“They would do that as part of their program,” Greene said Tuesday. “That would be a requirement of living in that house.”

The idea is that students go out into the world after leaving academia and, armed with the experience of living and volunteering downtown, have a greater understanding of why civic engagement and partnerships with communities are important.

However, that concept is only a small part of Greene’s greater vision, which is that of a vibrant downtown so compelling that people of all ages want to live, work, recreate and visit there.

In addition to valuable assets already existing in the city — the Waterville Opera House, Railroad Square Cinema, the hospitals, colleges and the Colby Museum of Art — there also would be art galleries, new retail stores and restaurants. College students and faculty members would live downtown. Traffic would move more slowly through downtown, and perhaps sidewalks would be made wider to afford shoppers and diners the leisure of spending time outside on the streets.

Connections to the city’s waterfront at Head of Falls and the Hathaway Creative Center would be more pedestrian-friendly and attractive. With more people living and working downtown and more reasons to visit, businesses would thrive. Continue reading

Waterville to study roundabout intersection for downtown spot

This proposal would be beneficial for connecting the Hathaway Center to downtown

BY AMY CALDER STAFF WRITER- An engineering firm that studied options for improving the intersection at Main, Bridge and Water streets recommends two scenarios be considered for further study and consideration: a roundabout and a circular intersection.

Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers Inc., of Gray, was hired by the city to study ways to make the intersection just south of downtown more user-friendly and safer for pedestrians and motorists and make it a more attractive gateway to the city.

Don Ettinger, of Gorrill-Palmer, on Tuesday presented city officials and the public with the company’s findings and recommendations. About 60 people turned out for the presentation in the council chambers. Continue reading

Connecting the Hathaway Center with downtown Waterville

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 3.18.08 PMThis is part of an article from Colby College’s new website to help connect the college to downtown:

Planning Begins to Take Shape
May 20, 2015
After two exploratory sessions around how to bring more activity to downtown Waterville, members of the stakeholder group began looking more seriously when they met May 19 at a few options that would catalyze positive change on Main Street.

Connecting The Hathaway Center to the downtown was discussed amongst other issues.
Specifically, the intersection at the south end of Main Street is currently being studied for redesign. The group discussed some goals for how the intersection redesign could be integrated into the broader planning process for downtown, including:

Downtown Waterville heading towards the Hathaway Center

Downtown Waterville heading towards the Hathaway Center

  • Green space and a focus on the aesthetics of the intersection
  • Pedestrian-friendly access
  • Extending the character of Main Street to Hathaway
  • The potential to feed traffic into Main Street/creation of two-way Main Street
  • Signal that this is a gateway
  • Better signage

Please click HERE to go to the Colby website and learn more.

Hathaway could host co-location workplace

woutA co-location workplace could provide economic revitalization and important partnerships downtown.

“This is something that can really ignite the creative community here,” said Rob Baldacci, a broker for the Baldacci Real Estate Group, which manages the Hathaway Creative Center in Waterville. “Right now that talent is hidden in homes and coffee shops.”

The following is an excerpt from an article in the Morning Sentinel: Waterville leaders discuss development of downtown co-location workplaces, by Rachel Ohm. Read the full article here.

WATERVILLE — A workspace in which people from different companies and businesses work alongside each other in a shared location could be coming to downtown, city and state leaders said.

Officials on Monday met at the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce to discuss opening a co-location workplace, office space that is open to individuals and entrepreneurs. Attendees at Monday’s forum included Waterville city officials, leaders of local colleges, and real estate developers and legislators, including Senate Democratic Leader Justin Alfond, of Portland. Continue reading