On the Water in Maine breaks ground for expansion

Jan 07, 2017
On the Water in Maine, located on Route 1 in Rockport, broke ground Jan. 6 for a 2,000-square-foot expansion to make way for the company's laundry facility.

Rockport — Workers broke ground Jan. 6, for a 2,000-square-foot expansion of On the Water in Maine’s Rockport headquarters.

The expansion will allow On the Water in Maine to add a commercial laundry facility to support its rental operations. Following a growing national trend, On the Water in Maine will be supplying its own rental linens and towels to property owners and renters that do business with the company.

The laundry machines will have ozonators installed as part of the laundry process. Ozone washing increases textile life, reduces propane gas and energy costs, offers faster fill rates, shorter wash cycles and shorter drying times. Whiter, softer, sanitized, fresh smelling and longer lasting linens and towels result in a better product for renters and help the environment at the same time.

Currently, the septic system at On the Water in Maine’s office isn’t large enough to support a commercial laundry facility. However, the town Wastewater Commissioners voted in November to use funds that had been sitting in an account since the 1990s marked for wastewater expansion. These funds will be used to extend the sewer line up Route 1 from the Market Basket to Tropical Nails, allowing all the businesses along that stretch of Commercial Street to tie-in.

Work is scheduled to be completed this spring for both phases of the project.

Rockport’s Phi Builders + Architects is the contractor on the project. Phi built the original On the Water in Maine office and recently completed a renovation of the company’s Damariscotta office.

"The property owners who list their homes with us have been pushing us to offer standardized rental linens and towels for their renters for years,'" On the Water in Maine co-owner Tiffany Ford said in a news release. "Rockport has been a great home to us over the past 10 years and we appreciate the support that the town is giving us to help push this project forward. We couldn’t be happier to have local companies like Phi, Rhino Services, Gartley & Dorsky and David Leighton Plumbing & Heating helping us with the expansion.”

Supporting the company expansion, Kelsey Liversidge was promoted to the role of property manager at the company. Starting as a summer intern in 2015, Liversidge has quickly shown the strength and integrity to be a property manager.

“Kelsey’s promotion recognizes her strong leadership and exceptional business performance. Since joining On the Water in Maine, Kelsey’s ability to acquire and develop profitable relationships and to manage renter satisfaction has enabled her to build a strong reputation with the company” Ford said.

On the Water in Maine Inc. - Vacation Property Rentals, offers properties for rent as far south as Cape Elizabeth and as far east as Harrington. For more information about On the Water in Maine, visit onthewaterinmaine.com.

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