We still have time to rent and rehab a historic Downeast home.
The National Park Service is looking for qualified bidders for rehab McGlashan-Nickerson House According to Acadia National Park spokesman Sean Bonnage, it has been held in Calais since 2019, but so far no proposals have been accepted.
The 5,400-square-foot house was used as an administration building on the historic site until the construction of a new modern visitor center in 2014. Since then, the National Park Service has not used the building.
Park services considered Demolish propertyHowever Abandoned the plan After the public opposes.Instead, the park service decided to give people Chance to rent a building For up to 60 years, the condition is to repair and preserve the structure.
In 2019, Park Services said it had spent $ 100,000 to maintain the building and predicted it would be costly. Over $ 1 Million Properly preserve and rehabilitate the structure. According to the Calais Assessor’s Office, the valuation is $ 198,400, including land and buildings.
The deadline for submitting the proposal was initially December 10, 2019, but Bonage said on Monday that it was extended to the end of 2022. Proposals can be submitted to the Philadelphia National Park Service.
The house was one of seven locations throughout the state listed by the nonprofit Maine Preservation. “Most endangered” The house was registered on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
The Italian-style house was built in 1883 for Scottish immigrant George McGranit. George McGranit helped establish Maine Red Granite in Curry and was subsequently sold to Samuel Nickerson in 1887 after McGrashan’s death.
Adjacent to the residential area, the park service site is located on the St. Croix River between Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, protecting St. Croix Island, where French immigrants attempted to establish a colony between 1604 and 1605 but failed. doing. Although direct access to the island is not allowed, the park service has an interpreter center and trail next to Route 1 with views of the island from the riverbank.