TRENTON — Whether or not a proposed terminal expansion at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport will include a café remains undetermined.
“If we don’t get any proposals, it will be an office,” said Hancock County Commissioner Steve Joy. “For me it’s not a top priority. I wouldn’t mind having one, but we won’t do it and lose money.”
The county has contracted with Hoyle Tanner and Associates to engineer the project. Hoyle Tanner has hired Lewis + Malm Architecture in Bucksport to do the design work.
Airport Manager Allison Rogers said once the floor plan is finished, a request for proposals will be issued for businesses interested in operating a cafe.
“There will be a rating process,” for bid submissions, Rogers said. “The Airport Advisory Committee will be involved with rating those. The commissioners will make a final decision on who will go in.”
Rogers said the café would have to be self-supporting.
“We’ll figure out an agreement internally how it’s going to be paid for,” she said. “When we negotiate the final lease, it’s going to have pay for itself eventually.”