By Kathleen Pierce
Bangor Daily News, Maine
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Inspired by the success of co-working facilities like “Peloton Labs” and Bayside’s shared kitchen hub “Fork Food Lab”, Portland developer Ronald Gan says a public/private complex that encapsulates the work ethic of Millennials anchored by a brewery would make a piece of forgotten land into a zone of creativity.
It’s an updated twist on a business park.
Amid Portland’s building boom, developer Ronald Gan has entered an new idea into the fray: A development where entrepreneurs can work in the same place they live adjacent to a brewery, a restaurant and a lush botanical garden.
Gan, whose forte is multi-family homes and condominiums in Portland’s Munjoy Hill, is asking the city of Portland to sell him an underused swath of land off Riverside Street, across from a golf club, for the imaginative project.
“I love this land. It was a visceral connection,” said Gan, walking the undulating three acres next to Interstate 95 where his vision for Riverside Innovation could one day rise. He’s tapped Portland firms Bild Architecture and Aceto Landscape Architects to help design the five-building complex.
“We are in a time where people can chose to live and work in Maine if they have a space like this,” said Gan, who hopes to build two-story, loft-like studios with garage doors to attract Millennials and expand Portland’s economic footprint. “The location, on the fringe of Portland, could attract craftspeople, food growers and those doing production work from home.”
Inspired by the success of co-working facilities like Peloton Labs and Bayside’s shared kitchen hub Fork Food Lab, Gan says a public/private complex that encapsulates the work ethic of Millennials anchored by a brewery would make this forgotten zone a hotbed of creativity and, like East Bayside, a new destination.