Wilson Hall’s future may be decided in next 90 days

BUCKSPORT — Time is running out for Wilson Hall.

The Town Council has placed a 60-day deadline for submitting proposals to preserve the historic building.

If no proposal comes forward, the council plans to accept a $32,700 bid to demolish the building in March.

The council received seven bids last month to demolish the 163-year-old former church and seminary. On Jan. 30, the council voted 7-0 accept the low bid made by Lou Silver Inc. of Veazie. Silver told town officials he’d honor the bid for 90 days.

The bid includes demolition and clean-up, but not asbestos abatement. Mayor David Keene estimated an additional $15,000 would be required to remove the asbestos.

Prior to deciding on whether to demolish Wilson Hall, the council wants to allow a final opportunity to preserve the building. In recent months, the council has heard discussion about developing Wilson Hall into a satellite college campus or an art gallery and workplace for artists.

But no one has made a concrete offer for redeveloping the building.

The council will next meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in the municipal chambers.

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Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson

Former Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors.