BERLIN, N.H. (AP) – Business interest in the city has grown since a huge pulp mill shut down in the spring.

The city’s economic development director, Norm Charest, says a planned federal prison and a new ATV park are drawing some interest. But the availability of the 121-acre mill site on the Androscoggin River is bringing the most business inquiries, he said.

The former Fraser Papers Inc. mill is being demolished and the yard where pulpwood logs were stored is also available. The site stretches along the river in the heart of the city.

Charest says Berlin’s business and civic leaders need to think carefully about what kind of business they want to woo to the site, because it’s likely to shape the city’s future.

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