BAR HARBOR — A nonprofit group interested in preserving the historic Hamilton Station property on Route 3 is planning a volunteer cleanup event next week, but the owner of the property says that they are jumping the gun. Bar Harbor summer resident Sarge Collier and his nonprofit Mount Desert Island Preservation Society ran a prominent advertisement in the May 12 edition of the Mount Desert Islander inviting members of the public to join the group at the Salisbury Cove property between May 23 and May 29 for painting, pruning and general maintenance.
“Please help us restore this historic space for the future,” the ad said.
Property owner Brian Shaw, however, said that while he would love to see the vintage red barns on Hamilton Station preserved, there are no deals on the table and no agreements have been made with the preservation group. There are also way too many liability issues involved with inviting volunteers onto the property for a cleanup event, he said, and he has not agreed to any such action.
“As far as I’m concerned, we have not come to terms,” Mr. Shaw said. “I have not given him permission to do anything.”