Marble Block Redevelopment Corp. (MBRC), in conjunction with its partners Genesis Community Loan Fund and Engine, is interested in acquiring the services of a development team (Team) to assist in the redesign and development of the Marble Block, a historic mixed use building located at 129 Main Street. DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE FULL RFP […]
Slow but steady progress continues on the Marble Block. In 2017, as part of the Belvedere Historic Preservation Grant, Building Envelope Specialists did a complete analysis of the building’s exterior stability and issued a report of items to be addressed. The Marble Block suffered delays due to weather and other higher priority projects, such as […]
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 […]
October 2016–The Environmental Protection Agency awarded Marble Block Redevelopment Corp. a $200,000 Brownfields Cleanup Grant for Phase II remediation of the historic property, the Marble Block. The Phase I cleanup had addressed the 12,000 square foot street level and basement. This grant will address basement moisture/mold and the second and third floor lead and asbestos […]
Thank you to the Quimby Family Foundation for a grant to be utilized, in part, for pre-development costs for the Marble Block! Quimby has been a supporter of Engine from Day One and we are extremely grateful for their assistance. Stay tuned as we progress.
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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
Thanks to a TIF-funded city facade grant program that serves to help private property owners improve their facades in the downtown district, progress was made on the Marble Block facade. Using donated funds from the 2014 Biddeford Ball and its own funds, Engine applied for and was approved for a $15,000 1:1 cash match. Given the […]