BUCKSPORT — Rhonda and Jake Chambers of Calais have closed on their purchase of the historic Jed Prouty Inn, which is nearly ready for business as an assisted living center.
The couple purchased the 228-year-old Main Street property from Lehman Brothers. They declined to disclose the purchase price.
Rhonda Chambers estimated that the home would be open by Jan. 2 or 3. The couple can care for two private pay clients while waiting for licensing from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.
The building has been vacant since March 2004, said Dave Milan, Bucksport’s economic development director.
The couple recently retired from their jobs to devote themselves to their assisted living operation.
Rhonda had been a hairdresser in Calais for 32 years and Jake was a border patrol agent.
The Chambers started out with just one client, but the operation grew.
“I converted my own home, which after my children had grown was too big for us,” Rhonda said. “We thought we would have a small assisted living home.”
That was 12 years ago.
Today, the couple operate five assisted living homes: four in Calais and one in Robbinston.