BUCKSPORT - Windows are boarded and no one is allowed inside.
Wilson Hall was built in 1851 but has since fallen into a state of disrepair. The town of Bucksport acquired the building in 2011 after its previous owner failed to pay taxes.
Bucksport has worked with two state preservation organizations to find a developer, but no luck so far.
"Structurally, the third floor is collapsing onto the second floor. So it would be a lot, a lot of work just to make it safe to be inside the building at this point," explains Town Manager Michael Brennen.
And the price of repairing the building isn't cheap.
"We've gotten estimates that to renovate it would cost between $600,000 and one million dollars, and once it's finished it would probably only be valued at 6 to 8 hundred thousand dollars," says Brennen.
In its prime, Wilson Hall was a school, with roughly 300 of its graduates going on to fight in the Civil War.
The town is now searching for bids for the cost of removing the building, but still cling to hope it can be saved.
Jaclyn Cangro joined WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in September of 2013. She was raised in suburban New York and graduated cum laude from Emerson College with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism in 2013.
While at Emerson, she won the 2012 New England Emmy Award for Best College Newscast as co-executive producer. She was also nationally ranked by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) as one of the Top 20 Sports Broadcasters in the country, being one of two females on the list.
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