WINTER HARBOR — The Schoodic Institute is in the process of entering into a 40-year lease for the Winter Harbor Marina property on Sargent Street.
The property contains several large buildings as well as the wharf used by ferries operating between Winter Harbor and Bar Harbor.
“The Schoodic Marine Center will give the Schoodic Institute and our partners a site to access the ocean for our education and research programs,” said Alan Goldstein, chairman of the Schoodic Institute.
Mark Berry, the institute’s president and CEO, said the nonprofit is awaiting a final bank document.
He said the project also hinges on results of site inspections of the property and will include talks with the town and town officials.
“Our primary interest in the property is access to the ocean beyond the intertidal zone for our education and research programs, and for visitors to the Institute,” Berry said.
“We also see it as of great importance to the community and to Acadia National Park,” he said. “The Schoodic Institute looks forward to discussing possibilities with the Winter Harbor selectmen and local residents. The potential is there to add to the attractiveness of the Schoodic Peninsula.”
The lease would be between Pettegrow Properties, owners of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound in Trenton, and a newly formed subsidiary of the Schoodic Institute, Schoodic Marine Center, LLC.
The marina is located at the head of Henry Cove and is a short walk to the downtown area in Winter Harbor.
Berry said the Schoodic Marine Center will not play a direct role in the ferry service.
The Schoodic Institute and the National Park Service operate the Schoodic Education Research Center, one of 19 research centers based in national parks.
The goal of the centers is to join science and education to help preserve and protect areas of national significance.
The Schoodic Institute states that its mission is to guide present and future generations to the greater understanding and appreciation for nature by providing research and learning opportunities.