BUCKSPORT – The Wilson Hall building in Bucksport had a variety of uses since it was built back in 1851. Now one local man has his own vision of what he wants to see it become.
There have been bids throughout the years on The Wilson Building, and when the town saw it wasn’t getting anywhere, they had two options.
Community and Economic Development Director for the town of Bucksport Richard Rotella said, “The costs to repair or the costs to demolish.”
One local business owner Lawrence Wahl offered to buy the building for one dollar and rehab it, “I’m excited to take it on. I’m anxious to get it going. It’s gonna be a big job. it’s not going to be easy, it’s not going to be cheap,” he said.
Last week Rotella said the town voted and took Wahl up on his dollar offer plus a $65,000 forgivable loan.
“To help fix it up and that $65,000 figure came from the costs of demolition, clean up, and the addition of a park,” said Rotella.
Wahl said the building needed fixing and it was time to take action, “That’s when I decided that if it’s gonna get done, then I’m gonna have to do it myself.”
He said he plans on building two apartments on the second floor and leave the first floor for a possible public space. Wahl said, It’s important to him to leave some history in the building like the fireplaces.
“Bringing back at least some part of the building,” Wahl said.
He said he’s already spoken with Central Maine Power to get electricity in the building so he could start working, which was part of his proposal, “It’s a great time and a great area to be located,” said Wahl.