Bangor to spend up to $1 million to improve call center

Bangor to spend up to $1 million to improve call center

Bangor officials have confirmed that the city has decided to spend up to $1 million on updating the former L.L. Bean call center, which is situated near the Bangor International Airport.

Members of the Bangor City approved the proposal to collect $1 million in general obligation bonds to fund improvements the call center at 689 Maine Ave. Last month, Wayfair and the city signed a lease agreement for the space, which is owned by the city.

Under the proposed plan, the building’s roof will be replaced, sewage pipes will be relocates and repaired, the parking lot will be improved, windows will be resealed and new heating controls will be installed.

Bangor’s economic development director Tanya Emery said the improvements would have been required regardless of whether the city had a tenant to replace L.L. Bean, which announced its plans to vacate the building in 2014.

Under the terms of the 7-year lease, Wayfair will pay a monthly rent of $16,250, which will increase to $17,725 after sixty months. The lease includes a couple of options for 5-year extensions.

During the same meeting, the city council also approved a design for a new electronic sign that will be installed outside Waterfront Concert’s Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion along Main Street. Cost of the sign, which will display planned events, ticket information and adverts, will be covered by Waterfront Concerts.

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