City, Nordic Aquafarms to hold public Q&A session Feb. 21

Information session intended to provide additional clarity to residents
Feb 09, 2018

Belfast — Following up on the recent announcement that it plans to build a major land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Nordic Aquafarms will join city officials for an information session about the project Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave. .

“We have been very pleased by the warm reception we have received from people in Belfast and around the state,” Nordic Aquafarms CEO Erik Heim said in a news release.

“As a company, we believe in being completely open and transparent in everything we do," he said. "This meeting will be a great opportunity to provide more information about our plans and to address any questions and concerns that residents have.”

Heim will be joined at the informational meeting by Elizabeth Ransom of Ransom Consulting, Nordic Aquafarms’ environmental and engineering consultants; Belfast City Manager Joe Slocum; the city’s directors of planning and economic development; members of the City Council; representatives of the Belfast Water District and others.

In a posting about the meeting on the City of Belfast website, Slocum said it will be a question and answer session “to provide additional clarity and information to the public.” He stressed that it is not a hearing on any item currently before the Planning Board or council, so no testimony will be taken and no votes will be cast. The entire meeting will be recorded and distributed on television and online by Bel TV.

Heim said that in addition to addressing questions from the audience, he will provide more information about next steps, including further due diligence at the site, employment plans, what Nordic Aquafarms is constructing and when, and how the company will maintain open communications with the community. Additional meetings are planned as the project moves forward, he said.

Nordic Aquafarms plans to build one of the largest land-based salmon farms in the world on 40 acres on Northport Avenue (Route 1) on the outskirts of Belfast. The company has agreements to purchase 26 acres that currently belong to the Belfast Water District, which will relocate its office and garages to a new site, and another 14 acres of abutting land from a private landowner.

 

 

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