ENGINE RECEIVES PRE-DEVELOPMENT LOAN FROM GENESIS LOAN FUND

July 6, 2017 — The Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation, in partnership with Engine, announces a pre-development loan through the Genesis Community Loan Fund, based in Brunswick, Maine. This loan will allow the Marble Block Redevelopment to complete engineering/design work and a fundraising feasibility study in spring 2018. The Genesis Community Loan Fund provides innovative financing […]

SPRING 2016 UPDATE

In January 2016, Marble Block Redevelopment Corp. wrapped up the Phase I abatement, made possible with a $200K cleanup subgrant from Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission, whose funds come from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be disbursed to projects in southern Maine. Credere Associates received the contract for the project after a bidding process required by the […]

PHASE I CLEANUP COMPLETE

Phase I of our Brownfields remediation is completed. The cleanup involved a massive gutting of the main level as well as the basement. Any asbestos, lead, and other hazardous materials were removed from the building. While we still have the second and third floor to complete, we are awaiting news on a grant from the […]

PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE

The Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation will be conducting a public meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM to gather comments on the draft Brownfields Cleanup Grant application being submitted to the federal EPA for the cleanup of the Marble Block located at 129 Main Street in Biddeford, Maine owned by the Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation. The meeting […]

ABATEMENT BEGINS ON MARBLE BLOCK

If you’ve noticed a dumpster on Franklin Street and guys in hard hats working at the Marble Block, that’s because we have begun work on remediation of environmental contamination as part of the building redevelopment. It’s a major step in the process of getting this building back on its feet. Credere Associates, LLC, of Westbrook, […]

CREDERE CHOSEN AS ABATEMENT FIRM

The EPA Brownfields Grant from Southern Maine Planning and Development Commission was awarded to Credere Associates in April 2015. Credere will act as general contractor for the cleanup of the first floor and basement of 129 Main Street, referred to as the Marble Block. Work will commence approximately July 20 and be completed in August/September.  

LUMINARIUM LIGHTS UP MARBLE BLOCK STREETSCAPE

  The Luminarium, a kinetic LED lighting installation at Marble Block at 129 Main Street, was created by artist Chris Clay of clayprojex, with funds from the Biddeford Ball earmarked to beautify the facade until renovations begin. Luminarium is visible at dusk daily until end of June. Stop by and take a peek or visit the website for […]

$200,000 BROWNFIELDS GRANT AWARDED FOR MARBLE BLOCK

In the fall of 2014, the Southern Maine Planning & Development Commission voted unanimously to grant $200,000 to the Marble Block Redevelopment Corporation, an entity of Engine, an arts organization, for the cleanup of hazardous materials in the Marble Block, a historic building at 129 Main Street in downtown Biddeford, Maine. As part of the […]

BIDDEFORD BALL RAISES $14,400 FOR THE MARBLE BLOCK

In August of 2014, the inaugural Biddeford Ball raised nearly $20,000 from the local community. The ball was conceived of by Roxi Suger, a fashion designer who opened a storefront on Alfred Street and a production facility in the Pepperell Mill Campus in 2014. Of the $20,000 raised through individual community members who attended or supported the […]