November 30, 2012

Biddeford without MERC: 'We will no longer be known as a stink town'

The city finally closes on the controversial waste-to-energy plant.

By Gillian Graham ggraham@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Biddeford purchased the Maine Energy Recovery Co. property Friday, sealing a historic deal that many hope will bring new life to a downtown dominated by a trash incinerator for the past 25 years

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Delilah Poupore, executive director of Heart of Biddeford, said the purchase of the MERC property has already increased interest in new businesses, restaurants, and arts and cultural events.

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Delilah Poupore, executive director of the nonprofit Heart of Biddeford, which is working to revitalize the downtown, said the purchase of the MERC property has already increased interest in new businesses, restaurants, and arts and cultural events.

Since the sale was announced, Heart of Biddeford has received calls from people as far away as Washington state who are interested in learning more about what the city has to offer, she said.

"People have been working a long time to help Biddeford rebuild," she said. "It seems like all the pieces are coming together."

Mark Johnston, the mayor of neighboring Saco and a longtime vocal opponent of MERC, said the twin cities will benefit economically, and from an improved quality of life.

"People will enjoy walking downtown without pinching their noses because of the odor," he said. "This is a great day for both Biddeford and Saco residents. We lost two decades of economic development" because of the incinerator.

As Bubier signed the sale documents, City Council President Rick Laverriere said the purchase is "one of the best things done under my watch."

"We will no longer be known as a stink town," he said. "There's no looking back now. It's full steam ahead."

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Mark Johnston, the mayor of Saco and owner of Vic and Whit's Sandwich Shop, said, "This is a great day for both Biddeford and Saco residents. We lost two decades of economic development" because of the incinerator.

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