Nordic Aquafarms is planning to open an office downtown this summer to promote a proposal for a large land-based salmon farm in the city.

The company announced July 6 that it had signed a lease for "office and exhibit space" at 159 High St. The storefront was last home to Bagel Café.

The office will be refurbished and in regular use by Nordic Aquafarms starting late this summer with members of the Nordic Aquafarms team working from the office when they are in Belfast, according to the announcement. Additionally, the company plans to have information about the project on display.

Nordic Aquafarms has proposed to build a $150 million land-based aquaculture facility to raise Atlantic salmon for markets in the Northeast.

The company has purchase and sale agreements for 40 acres near Little River, currently owned by Belfast Water District and one private landowner, and has spent the spring performing due diligence at the site, including drilling test wells to gauge the amount of fresh water available.

The company said it plans to submit most permit applications later this summer "when preliminary local engineering has been completed."

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