BANGOR – Penobscot County may soon be purchasing the former YMCA building, the only problem is there are already occupants in that building.
The Penobscot County commissioners gathered Tuesday to discuss the old Bangor YMCA building. In March they will hold a public hearing the discuss acquiring the building by eminent domain.
Commissioner Peter Baldacci explains that the hope is to make the building on 127 Hammond St. a correctional facility. Right now overcrowding in is causing problems in the current jail. Baldacci said building a new facility could cost around $40 million dollars while renovations to an existing building will cost significantly less.
The City Reach Church has been located in the building and has about about 300 to 400 members and serves 50 recovering addicts. They also run a food pantry that feeds 40 families each week. Pastor Bobby Bledsoe said they have put around $200,000 into the building.
That meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. but started much earlier upsetting some residents.