Along with its expansion to the former Lowe’s store in Ellsworth, The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor has taken the wraps off an ambitious expansion plan for its main campus in Bar Harbor. The creation of more research units and the addition of conference space should allay any fears that the institution may be retreating from its longstanding commitment to its Bar Harbor facility’s standing as one of the leading centers of advanced research and bioinformatics in the world.
One facet of the lab’s master plan includes the creation of dozens of housing units. With affordable housing on Mount Desert Island harder and harder to find, that effort makes perfect sense. Unfortunately, the private sector is not filling this need. Adding housing near campus is not only prescient, but also prudent.
Like reliable energy infrastructure and the latest in laboratory equipment, housing for visiting scientists and advanced degree students is a necessity to keep the facility vital and strong.
Together with the lab’s campuses in Sacramento, Calif., and Farmington, Conn., and its forays into Asia, the proposed build-out of The Jackson Lab’s Bar Harbor campus will enhance the institution’s mission, protecting and expanding the considerable economic and social benefits provided, and appreciated, here.