Parcel Near Acadia Gateway Center for Sale

TRENTON — Many local residents supported the state’s plan to locate the Acadia Gateway Center in Trenton because they believed it would boost business development.


An early test of that theory might be how fast a 5.2-acre tract directly across Route 3 from the entrance to the center sells. The asking price for the parcel, which is zoned for commercial development, is $235,000.

“This is arguably the most strategic business location site currently for sale in the Acadia region,” according to the RE/MAX Hills & Harbors Realty listing for the property.

Hills & Harbors broker Ryan Swanson said the site would be ideal for tourist services, “maybe a multi-retail (development) oriented toward park visitors.” He said a hotel or restaurant are also possibilities.

“If there was a lodging place, people staying there could just walk across the road and take a bus to Bar Harbor and Acadia,” he said.

The first phase of the Gateway project is currently under way. It includes construction of the entrance road and the maintenance facility for Island Explorer buses and the widening of Route 3 to four lanes near the entrance.

Plans for phase two call for construction of a visitors’ center, an Island Explorer bus terminal and a parking lot for people who choose to leave their cars at the gateway center and take the Island Explorer to Mount Desert Island for the day. A traffic light will be installed on Route 3 at the entrance.

Mr. Swanson said he expects interest in commercial property along Route 3, especially in the vicinity of the new Gateway Center, to spike once the bus terminal and visitor center open in about two years.

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