Mayor Paul Grenier: Bullish on Berlin!
Mayor Paul Grenier is extremely optimistic about Berlin’s future and predicts that the next 3 years will be unlike any Berlin can remember. Proactively supporting both the new federal prison in Berlin and the new biomass facility which will operate at the former Burgess Mill site, Mayor Grenier is proud to say with certainty that Berlin has finally flipped a switch to a brighter future. The opening of a new federal prison will provide hundreds of new jobs and bring many new families to the area. The biomass project, occurring on the site of the former Burgess Mill, has 60-80 employees currently working with another 100-300 workers scheduled to join the project this summer. Other potential employers are also interested in the former mill site, providing more jobs.
Grenier notes that the demolition of an entire city block of vacant buildings located on the ”Rite Aid” parcel on the northwest side of Main Street will refocus the emphasis on Main Street. He's confident that the prime real estate will bring new development into Berlin’s downtown and that adding more businesses to a vibrant Main Street will only expand Berlin’s horizons. He points too, to the many playgrounds and lovely parks and he's quick to mention the city’s athletic fields, which have all been refurbished over the past six years, are among the best in the state. Winter sports enthusiasts enjoy the several skating rinks in city parks great for hockey pick-up games or leisurely skating. The mayor also applauds the vitality of Notre Dame Arena as a long-time favorite for hockey players and fans alike. He invites you to come see why the arena is a crowd-pleaser and why its state of the art ice making equipment and facility makes it one of the finest ice arenas in the state.