Bucksport’s Jed Prouty Building to Become Assisted Living Center

BUCKSPORT — The historic Jed Prouty Inn is slated to reopen in February as an assisted living center.

Calais assisted living center operators Rhonda and John (Jake) Chambers, doing business as Chambers Realty, have a purchase and sale agreement with the Lehman Brothers to buy the property.

Rhonda Chambers said the closing should occur by Dec. 1.

On Nov. 10, the Town Council voted to approve spending up to $200,000 on renovations for the 228-year-old building if the couple meet several conditions.

Bucksport’s capital outlay is a deferred loan, which will be forgiven if the facility is continuously operated as an assisted living center for a minimum of 15 years, Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond said.

The conditions include that the couple must maintain an assisted living license for the facility, keep taxes and municipal utility payments current as well as give the town access to periodically check the facility.

The couple operate an assisted living facility in Robbinston and four small facilities in Calais, which Bucksport officials and residents visited.

“We found they were immaculate,” Raymond said.

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Jennifer Osborn

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