WILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s Wilmington Economic Development Committee, Planning Director Valerie Gingrich and Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Nancy Vallee provided an update of recent economic development activity in town.
The 1-acre warehouse building at 613 Main Street – the former Xpedex/Veritiv location – has been redeveloped. The building’s two tenants have been secured — Lowe’s and Homans. Lowe’s will be using the space for warehouse storage, not retail. Homans, a HVAC equipment company which has been in town for decades, is moving its headquarters from Ballardvale Street. Their relocation will open up an attractive vacancy on Ballardvale.
An urgent care facility, possibly called “Health Plus,” is slated to open up at the old CardSmart location in the Wilmington Plaza around December 1.
Salem Five Bank is preparing to open up a branch location on Main Street across from Santander Bank, near the vacant Walgreens location.
Offers have been submitted to fill the old SuperCuts location and purchase the old post office. Identities of those companies aren’t yet public.
The lease for the Trump Store expires on December 5. [UPDATE: The Trump Store’s lease expires on January 5, 2021, and the owner isn’t sure if they’ll be renewing or not.]
Hayden Printing is looking to relocate from its Main Street location to a large space in town.
Wilmington Economic Development Committee Keeping Busy
The Wilmington Economic Development Committee continues to make progress on several fronts.
The Committee has put together a list of vacant commercial properties around town after speaking with real estate brokers and management companies.
The Committee discussed the governor’s most recent COVID-19 restrictions on businesses. Chairman Mike Champoux worried how the 9:30pm closing may affect gyms and fitness centers. Committee members were also worried how the winter weather will affect restaurants with outdoor dining. Town Manager Jeff Hull noted Health Director Shelly Newhouse is keeping local businesses informed as COVID-19 advisories change.
Committee members Robert Oliveri, Mike Champoux and Greg Bendel recently had a conversation with Maria Nigro Di Stefano of Mass Office of Business Development. The Committee learned about grant opportunities to attract and incentivize local businesses to open up in Wilmington. Programs discussed include the Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP) and the Massachusetts Vacant Storefront Program. Committee member Suzanne Sullivan discussed additional grant opportunities for existing Wilmington businesses who were unable to take advantage of the CARES Act.
Committee Chair Mike Champoux recently talked with MaryBeth Beatrice of MassHire Metro North Career Centers, formerly known as The Career Place in Woburn. The Career Center would like Wilmington businesses to alert them when they have job openings.
The Committee unanimously supported proposed zoning bylaw changes that would make it easier for restaurants and breweries to open in town. Wilmington Apple will cover this portion of the meeting in a separate upcoming article.
The Committee will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6pm via Zoom.
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