The Hathaway Creative Center

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

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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

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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.

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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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People of Waterville encouraged to let planers know what they think about revitalization

The city is inviting downtown businesses and residents to a series of public meetings starting next week to discuss plans for downtown revitalization, gather input and talk about how redevelopment work might affect businesses.

The meetings are being hosted by the city and officials from Colby College, Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and Waterville Main Street, City Manager Michael Roy said at Tuesday’s council meeting.“We want everybody to feel included, that’s for sure,” he said.

The meetings come as Colby’s plans to redevelop buildings downtown move forward. The college recently hired a full-time director of commercial real estate to oversee development.

Meanwhile, the city is extending the downtown historic district to include the area north of Temple Street to Appleton Street, to provide building owners access to historic tax credits for renovation work, Roy said.

Five meetings will be held in the council chambers on the third floor of 93 Main St. over the next five weeks, with the first meeting is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and the second and third meetings at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Meetings also will be held May 2 and 3, at times to be announced, and officials will hold 30 minute, one-on-one meetings with businesses on the West Concourse, at times to be announced. Continue reading

Maine’s Waterville teams with Colby to revitalize a college town

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Excerpt by Brian MacQuarrie in THE BOSTON GLOBE article FEBRUARY 13, 2016

. . . something is stirring on the banks of the Kennebec River, where a hard-charging newcomer has joined Isgro and other leaders to invigorate a mid-Maine community where the future did not look different from the sputtering present.

That newcomer is David Greene, the president of Colby College, who is reconnecting the liberal-arts institution with its host city in practical and intangible ways that are designed to benefit both.

Long viewed by many residents as detached and aloof — the 203-year-old college sits atop a hill two miles from downtown — Colby is buying distressed properties on Main Street, hoping to build a dormitory there, and talking about creating a fund to provide loans and grants to small businesses.

“Once we get things moving, a lot of other dominoes will fall,” predicted Greene, who took office in 2014. Continue reading

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!

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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.

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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

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