The Hancock County Firefighters Association has put off live-fire training exercises this year at the former Hastings residence on Route 1 in Sullivan. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Route 1 homestead’s demolition postponed

SULLIVAN — The green-shingled house, with the broad front porch, which motorists see when they come off the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge and round the bend on Route 1, will remain standing until early 2021.

The Hastings House, as it is known locally, straddles 2.6 acres of land and was acquired for $105,000 by the town of Sullivan at the 2019 Town Meeting as a site for building a new town office and Fire Station 1 in the future. The property had been deemed suitable for live house-fire training set for this spring, but the Hancock County Firefighters Association Training and Education postponed the session due to COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions regarding public gatherings.

“The property will be their training site when they resume next fall/winter and the burn will be completed at the end of that training,” Sullivan Town Manager Rob Eaton said last week.

The town bought the Route 1 property from Brian and Gail Hastings late last August and will continue to maintain the old family homestead and land.

“My guess is that we are a minimum of five years from construction,” Eaton said. “Which gives us time to design an appropriate building, fund-raise and grant-write for this huge project.”

Letitia Baldwin

Arts Editor at The Ellsworth American
In addition to editing the Arts & Leisure section, Letitia edits special sections including Out & About, Overview, Health Quarterly, Your Maine Home, House & Garden and Get Ready for Winter. She comes from Chicago, Ill, but has deep family ties to the Cranberry Isles. [email protected]

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