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Updated: June 24, 2022

20,000-square-foot lease reflects growth of Maine disability services provider

brick building Courtesy / Malone Commercial Brokers A nearly 20,000-square-foot office lease at 482 Payne Road in Scarborough will accommodate the growing clientele at Granite Bay Care Inc., which serves adults with disabilities.

A Portland agency providing services to adults with disabilities has finalized a 19,392-square-foot office lease in Scarborough, to accommodate a growing clientele.

Granite Bay Care Inc. leased the space from Cowabunga LLC at 482 Payne Road.

“The places we previously looked at needed a lot of build-out, so we were hopeful we would find a place that was set up where we wouldn’t have to do a ton a construction,” Elizabeth Sullivan, executive director of Granite Bay, told Mainebiz.

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Courtesy / Granite Bay Care Inc.
Elizabeth Sullivan

Justin Lamontagne of the Dunham Group and Joe Malone and Jennifer Small from Malone Commercial Brokers brokered the transaction.

The building, called Scarborough Court and totaling 38,784 square feet, is owned and managed by East Brown Cow, a Portland real estate investment, development and management company, according to a news release.

The four-story Class A office building has served as both a single-tenant and multitenant property in the Maine Mall area, in the Scarborough retail and medical district and just off I-95 and I-295.  Features include on-site parking with over 150 spaces.

Granite Bay will occupy the first and second floors.

“Thanks to a longstanding relationship with East Brown Cow, we knew that their properties would be a good fit to accommodate the unique needs of these tenants,” said Small. 

Long wait list

Granite Bay, up to now headquartered in Portland, is part of a multistate human service agency providing clinical, nursing, residential, and community-based support services to adults with cognitive, intellectual, mental health and physical disabilities.

Granite Bay currently provides residential care in about 90 group homes in Maine, said Sullivan.

“We’ve grown and grown over the years,” she said.

Each home houses two residents and is designed to serve the needs of clients who live there. In all, the homes currently serve about 155 clients.

Employing over 550 professionals, Granite Bay is Maine’s largest residential agency. An interdepartmental team includes operational, crisis, nursing and clinical consultants. 

As of March, there were 2,027 people on a waiting list for a spot in a group home. 

The organization has been headquartered at 2338 Congress St. on a 10-year lease. A couple of years ago, Granite Bay rented another building at 35 Foden Road on a two-year lease to accommodate growing space needs.

But space needs remain pressing due to the growing number of group homes, each requiring the addition of managers, directors and clinicians, said Sullivan.

Granite Bay worked with Lamontagne 10 years ago to find the Congress Street location. 

“We wanted to work with him again,” said Sullivan. 

Parameters for the search included more space for trainings, offices and conference rooms; parking space; and proximity to medical facilities and amenities for clients and staff.

The search took only a few months, she added.

The Congress Street location had almost 10,000 square feet and the Foden Road site is about 8,000 square feet. The new spot is only about 1,000 square feet more than the combined total, but the layout is far better and little additional investment is expected.

“The new building is laid out really well,” said Sullivan. “We want to open up one section into a bigger training space, but other than that, the offices and conference rooms are ideal.”

Move-in is expected to be completed by Oct. 1. 

“It will definitely let us continue to grow,” she said. “Everything is very new, very attractive, much more professional.”

She added, “We’ve been very happy at the Congress Street location. We’ve just outgrown it.”

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