Save the Ellsworth Falls Community Building
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In January of 2005, the City of Ellsworth sought proposals from parties interested in purchasing the “Bridge Hill Properties,” and the Ticonic Fire House/ Ellsworth Falls Community Building. Both properties were seen by the town as having “significant Local Historic Interest,” the court Street properties being designated as a Local Historic Landmark.
Selection criteria for these properties included
· Value to the Community
· Plan for Restoration and On-Going Upkeep
· Economic Benefit to the City
Also in the RFP was the statement ,“The city is not interested in a speculative venture.” The City wrote that “ Any future change in use, at any time will require approval of the City Council.”
Webber Oil was the successful bidder for the Ellsworth Falls Property, purchasing the building and land for $5,000. In their proposal was the plan to “immediately implement the correction of items mentioned in a report from the Loss Control Consultant.” That list included items such as providing adequate toilet facilities, repairing rotted window sills, stairs, and leaking roof.” Webber’s proposal also indicated their plan “to apply siding to the building and to accomplish other items which would make the building more energy efficient and visually attractive.”
Clearly, a quick glance at the building shows Webber has not made good on their Proposed Plan.
Now Webber plans to demolish the building and lease the property.
Residents/taxpayers of Ellsworth, please sign to tell City Council members that you want them to hold fast to the words of the proposal and deny Webber’s request to demolish this landmark.
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