ELLSWORTH — City Hall issued a permit in June for constructing a $750,000 basketball training facility in Commerce Park. The application was submitted by Ellsworth resident Mark Baxter, co-owner of Results Basketball.
The 9,000-square-foot facility will contain one regulation full-size court with four extra side baskets and a 2,300-square-foot strength and training agility center, Baxter said. A second floor, with approximately 3,500 square feet, allows for future expansion and rental opportunities. Groundwork has already started, with a fall opening as the goal.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Baxter, who founded Results Basketball in 2011 with former Husson basketball coach and player Matt MacKenzie. “It’s obviously a big undertaking,” he added. “I believe what we can offer with the dedicated training facility will really add to Ellsworth and all the surrounding communities.”
And on Bucksport Road, CrossFit owner Nick Birdsall plans an addition of a new gym, estimated at $250,000, to his existing facility.
Also of interest, especially to electric car owners, Union River Associates received a permit to install a Tesla electric vehicle charging station, at a $75,000 cost. Tesla charging stations do charge other brands of electric cars but require an adapter.