Camden Economic Development Director Mathew Eddy said Oct. 21 that he has not heard from a business owner who expressed interest in a portion of the former Apollo Tannery site, since walking the site with him a week previously. Eddy briefed members of the Community and Economic Development Committee on the possibility at their Oct. 14 meeting.

Eddy said the potential purchaser, who has a fish processing business, was looking at properties between Belfast and Thomaston, and that a local real estate agent told the possible buyer about Camden’s unique land deal.

On Sept. 2, the Knox/Waldo Regional Economic Development Council circulated a press release announcing rebates on the land.

“The beautiful coastal town of Camden, Maine, is offering a 100 percent rebate on a prime site — to the right business,” the release said. “The citizens of Camden have developed an innovative ‘land for jobs’ incentive that will offer a business, that can create good, year-round jobs, a 100 percent rebate on a prime business location. The 3.5-acre site is located in the heart of Camden on the Megunticook River, with commanding views of the mountains, all just blocks away from downtown and the Camden Harbor. It has three-phase power, sewer, water, and cable/broadband all in place — and is zoned to accommodate up to 300 workers and parking all on this site. In addition to the 100 percent rebate, other state incentives are available to the right business.”

This latest attempt to market the 3.5-acre site follows more than a decade of change where once animal hides were processed into leather in a factory that towered above the homes in a part of town nicknamed Millville.

Eddy said he had questions about the way in which fish would be processed at the site, and that any real offer would be brought before voters for a final decision.

He said that a landscape architect was hired when the town did its cleanup of the property and created a design that shows two buildings, one of 10,000 square-feet and another of 22,000 square feet. An area that cannot be developed has been slated to become part of the parking lot and land for a proposed Megunticook Riverwalk set aside for that purpose.

“Whatever happens, it’s going to come back to town meeting,” Eddy said.

The Herald Gazette Reporter Shlomit Auciello can be reached at 207-236-8511 or by e-mail at sauciello@villagesoup.com.