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Historical building in Bath reopens doors after major redevelopment project

The Grant Building has opened its doors after sitting vacant for the better half of a decade.

BATH, Maine — Folks familiar with the city of Bath's downtown area may recognize a familiar storefront has reopened its doors after a major redevelopment project. 

The Grant Building, located on 31 Centre Street, has been sitting vacant for the better half of a decade until now. 

Developed by Sean Ireland, principal of Windward Development, the building now houses a handful of commercial and residential spaces aimed at revitalizing the downtown area. 

The $3-million-dollar project was developed with a historical tax credit and took close to two years to complete. A third of the building's electricity is offset by its 74 solar panels. 

"If it's good for the community, we think it's a good project for us and Bath has lots of those kinds of projects," Ireland said. 

Currently inhabiting the ground floor is Union and Co., which offers a mix-use space for work and community engagement through events. 

Co-founder and leader in the development project, Mandy Reynolds, says the space looks to cater to the growing number of work-from-home employees.

"A lot of what we did and designed was to bring back this building to its former glory as a department store," Reynolds said. 

By bringing in remote workers from across the country, Bath Director of Community & Economic Development Emily Ruger says she has already seen a diverse community of businesses become part of downtown thanks to the space. 

"It's a really big space and historic buildings are challenges to redevelop inherently," Ruger said. "I think this is a catalyst site: the original Union and Co. brought an infusion of new energy and excitement to the city and this is that on a bigger, grander scale."

For more information, you can visit the building's website. 

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