CAMDEN — Standing in the gardens planted beside his new storage building on Colcord Ave., Mitch McMillen notes it will include 26 variations of dahlias.

The new 30-foot-tall, 3,000-square-foot storage building is complete after months of work from DP Porter out of Hermon. The building houses a workshop for McMillen along with his fishing boat and two Airstream campers.

It also includes a bathroom and laundry room.

Residents in Camden have watched this building take shape over much of this year. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

This new storage building on Colcord Ave. in Camden includes a cupola and gardens. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

The gardens planted around the storage building include sunflowers, beds of wildflowers, and corn. McMillen noted the local deer get into his sunflowers.

For an artistic touch, he uses boulders and rocks displaced in the project to form cairns.

He said the gardens are to help local birds and pollinators.

McMillen and his wife, Jan, have lived in Camden since 2018. He has had a career in marketing and was co-founder of a company that manufactured fall-protection devices for people working on rooftops.

The project is located in an industrial zone. It is across the street from and next to former Tibbetts Industries buildings, currently housing businesses including The Camden Herald office and KEA Dance Center. It is also near a residential area on the Union Street side.

Logan McMillen cleans an Airstream in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle

A decorative rock cairn in Camden. Photo by Daniel Dunkle