Tidewater Oil acquires former Group Home building

By Ethan Andrews | Sep 14, 2017

Belfast — Tidewater Oil has acquired two former Group Home Foundation properties in Belfast Business Park. The local fuel business had been renting space at 17 Airport Road in a 10,000-square-foot building that was last home to Group Home Foundation's Community Connections day program.

Group Home Foundation folded in 2016 after losing U.S. Defense Department contracts that had supported the nonprofit's housing and work programs for people with intellectual disabilities.

On Aug. 15, Tidewater Industries closed on 17 Airport Road and the adjacent one-acre lot at 11 Airport Road, also owned by Group Home Foundation.

The sale price was not immediately available. The two properties had a total assessed value of $660,500 in 2016. At press time, Tidewater owner Matt Porter was traveling outside the country and could not be reached for comment, according to a worker at the company's Belfast office. A representative for Group Home Foundation did not immediately return a request for comment.

Group Home Foundation's former Little River Apparel garment manufacturing plant was acquired in July by its business park neighbor Ducktrap River of Maine for an undisclosed amount. The smoked seafood business is planning to expand its operations into the 50,000-square-foot building.

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