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COA Plans to Buy Elderly, Disabled Housing Complex



Photo By Robert Levin
College of the Atlantic officials plan to buy the Harbor Hill Estates affordable housing complex in Bar Harbor and turn it into student housing.

BAR HARBOR — College of the Atlantic officials plan to buy the Harbor Hill Estates affordable housing complex on Highbrook Road and turn it into student housing.

School officials in September signed a purchase and sale agreement with property owner Harbor Hill Associates, LP for the complex, which contains 25 one and two-bedroom apartments. Their plans are contingent, however, on gaining town approval for a change of use at the property.

According to the purchase and sale agreement, that approval must be in hand by February 1, 2013. Should that occur, the parties are set to close on the deal by the end of February.

While dormitories are not allowed in the Village Residential zoning district where the property is located, private schools are, and it is under this use that the college is applying to the planning board.

COA’s Katelyn Costello has provided the planning board with several reasons why the complex should be considered a private school, as opposed to a dormitory. The building will be used for more than just housing, she wrote. Students will learn “residential life skills” there as they do in other COA dormitories.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]