Seen as Economic Boost to Community
October 7, 2020—Biddeford, Maine—Shovels will dig out dirt, in unison, on October 7 at the site of what will be a state-of-the-art operations center for Maine Community Bank on Larrabee Road in Westbrook. The 23,000 square foot, three-story building will serve as a full-service branch and an operations center for the bank. Maine Community Bank is the result of the merger between Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings bank this past January.
“This expansion into Westbrook is intentional. It is a bridge between the communities of Biddeford and Lewiston Auburn where many of our employees work and live,” explained Maine Community Bank’s Jeanne Hulit, CEO and President. “Employees from both regions will have a similar, very easy commute. Bringing our operation team together under one roof allows us to retain as much of our workforce as possible and build a strong team culture.” The bank will continue its presence in its Biddeford Savings and Mechanic Savings divisions facilities.
The project involves the redevelopment of a parking lot and an old metal building into an attractive, energy efficient building featuring state of the art air filtration systems and spaces designed for social distanced business operations. The building’s architecture and materials reference back to the adjacent Quarry that is the new Rock Row Development and to the mill history that is shared among Westbrook, Biddeford and Lewiston/Auburn.
“We are very excited to welcome Maine Community Bank into Westbrook,” Mayor Michael Foley said. “This project and expansion represent a confidence and commitment that has been in short supply since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. From construction to opening day, the center will bring jobs to the area and inject an energetic spirit plus a boost to local businesses.”
The building was designed by Archetype Architects with Wright-Ryan as the general contractor. Subcontractors include Pine State Services, a client of the bank. “We couldn’t be prouder to be part of this,” said Sam Marcisso, owner of Pine State Services. “Maine Community Bank was there for us from the beginning of the pandemic, which made a huge difference during these uncertain times. We are very grateful for this partnership.”
About Maine Community Bank
Biddeford Savings and Mechanics Savings have been financial partners to the people of Southern and Central Maine for the past 150 years. To help carry their commitment to the communities they serve, the two banks merged on January 1, 2020, becoming divisions of Maine Community Bank. The merger expands the lending capacity, product offerings, and branch service area, while keeping all decision making at the local level. Maine Community Bank has branches in Auburn, Biddeford, Brunswick, Kennebunk, Lewiston, Scarborough, Waterboro, and Windham.