DOVER-FOXCROFT- The old Brothers’ Chevrolet-Buick building in Dover-Foxcroft sits largely untouched from the last day it was in operation. During the financial crisis of the late-2000s, Chrevrolet made the call to close shop at the building, and the owners walked immediately after, leaving in nearly everything in place.
That’s what made it the perfect venue for the Libra Foundation to work on its next project.
“It doesn’t take a great deal to imagine kids running around here on a turf field that’s over concrete,” foundation chairman and CEO Craig Denekas said Thursday. “And essentially that’s what we’re in right now.”
The Portland-based organization recently purchased the space, and will be shortly gutting it in order to build a multi-million dollar indoor sports facility. The building will support a turf field that will be usable year-round for nearly any usual outdoor sport, and is planned for a winter opening. According to Libra Foundation president Jere Michelson, this part of Piscataquis County was an ideal location for a variety of reasons.
“This really made the most sense geographically pulling from Greenville, pulling from Bangor. And it made the most sense from a community standpoint,” he said.
Long winters and lack of funding have made certain recreational sports hard to come by in the area, but the foundation aims to provide an outlet for people of all ages to get active. Foxcroft Academy is also expected to work with the foundation and use the new spot as a practice home. After the completion of the turf facility, the plan is to expand further back on the property and build a hockey arena.
“I don’t know that there’s a better way to spend money,” Michelson said. “I mean think about this. Hockey’s been gone in this town a long time, this is going to bring it back. The youth programs, seniors, adults, everybody’s going to be able to use this facility.”