BUCKSPORT — At the Town Council meeting last week, Mayor and Council Chairman David Keene discussed plans to raise the Bucksport Historical Society’s Main Street building up to street level and push it back so that it’s flush with Main Street.
Keene said the move would help raise the profile of the building, which used to be a railroad station.
“A lot of people don’t even know it’s a historical society facility,” Keene said.
The building currently sits on about the same level as the waterfront walkway. There is a small parking lot in between it and Main Street.
Keene presented a sketch drawn by business owner Larry Wahl of what the building could look like. The old railroad station could have a balcony overlooking the waterfront, and it could be lifted up on top of a daylight basement.
On either side of the basement there could be tiered granite seating, forming an amphitheatre in front of which performances and concerts could be held. There also could be a green space connecting the society to the waterfront walkway.
Keene said the society discussed installing a papermaking museum in the daylight basement, though the mayor wasn’t sure if that was the best use for such a space.
“This is one idea of utilizing that space,” he said. “There might be a dozen other ideas of utilizing that space, but we need to start talking about that.”
While the Historical Society owns the building, the town owns the land it sits on, Keene said. That could make for “a good opportunity for a joint venture between the Historical Society and the community,” he said.
Keene said his next step is to talk with contractors and cement companies to get estimates of what the project might cost.
Depending on what he finds, it could lead to further discussions between the Town Council and the Historical Society.
“It’s a very vital piece of property on our waterfront,” the mayor said. “And I think out waterfront is a big part of our future.”