MRRA gets funds for facility upgrades

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BRUNSWICK — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority received a $1.7 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration.

The grant will help fund infrastructure and facility improvements on the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, including $717,500 to assist Kestrel Aircraft in purchasing and installing a paint bay and related ventilation systems, and just over $700,000 for building demolition.

The remaining $276,000 will be used for life safety code and ADA improvements, and utility metering.

Jeffrey Jordan, deputy director of MRRA, said there are several “really tired buildings” on the base that have no civilian re-use value.

Last week, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced that Brunswick Executive Airport would receive more than $4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation to acquire snow removal equipment, and improve utilities and runway lighting.