Town Seeks Public Input on Jed Prouty Funding

BUCKSPORT — A couple interested in developing the Jed Prouty building into an assisted living facility has asked the town for money to make repairs.

The Bucksport Town Council will seek public input on the request during a hearing Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. at the town office.

John and Rhonda Chambers, who operate several assisted living homes in Washington County, are interested in developing the Jed Prouty into a 16-unit assisted living facility.

“The key is whether they can acquire the building,” said Bucksport Town Manager Roger Raymond.

A recent study estimated necessary repairs of the more than 200-year-old Main Street building would cost between $180,000 and $300,000, he said.

John and Rhonda Chambers have asked the town for between $150,000 and $200,000 toward those costs, according to Raymond.

He said if the town does agree to the request, it would likely fund the project from TIF (tax increment financing) revenues.

The project could potentially fulfill two council goals — to redevelop the Jed Prouty and to create affordable housing options for seniors of all income levels.

The building was previously operated as an assisted living facility but has sat vacant for years, falling into disrepair.

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Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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