Monday, 09 July 2018 16:20

Old Town wants Jefferson Street School redeveloped

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OLD TOWN - The Jefferson Street School, built at the turn of the 20th century, has been vacant for years, and city officials want it to be redeveloped into an asset for the community.

The massive two-story brick building is located near the corner of Jefferson and Oak streets and is ready for redevelopment now that the city has removed its lead paint and asbestos.

"It's a fabulous old building built of brick, granite and slate," said Ron Harriman, Old Town economic development director. "It's 26,000-square feet on almost three acres. I think it would make a great site for residential use or a combination of residential and commercial space."

The Jefferson Street School opened as the community's high school in the 1890s and later became the elementary school.

The school most recently was home to the Southern Penobscot Regional Program, which moved to Bangor a few years ago.

The request for proposals are being accepted until Aug. 1.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...