Demolition Alert 13: A.D. Gray School in Waldoboro, Maine

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A.D. Gray School in Waldoboro, Maine

According to the Knox Village Soup, the town of Waldoboro, Maine is considering tearing down their historic A.D. Gray School after failing to find a buyer:

Waldoboro will continue to seek proposals for redevelopment of A.D. Gray, but will also get bids for the demolition of the entire building.

Options for the future of the former school were discussed at the Jan. 24 Board of Selectmen meeting. Planning and Development Director Bill Najpauer prepared a list of options for the property including extending the current request for proposals. He noted that during the past two months, at least four parties expressed interest in the building and three individuals took tours. The town is offering the building for $1 for the right plan, with an emphasis on proposals that can “recycle the school building and foster economic growth.”

But he said this is a difficult economy for a developer to turn the building into apartments or offices. Najpauer said the cost to renovate A.D. Gray for housing could easily exceed $2 million . . .

The town is currently spending more than $10,000 a year for fuel oil because there are vertical drains in the building that carry water from the roof through the building. The building is heated to prevent those drains from freezing.

In early January, the town’s public works department demolished the rear wing of A.D Gray. The roof of that section was leaking.

As shown in the Google map below, the building is set up on a hill and looks to have commanding views of downtown and perhaps even the harbor beyond. Though it’s probably not high enough to spy the 2012 diy Network’s blog cabin 🙂


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