Business space swap under way in Hope
Hope — Pine Ridge Carpentry is relocating, but is not going too far.
The business, owned by Christian Andrus of Hope, is currently located in the old grange building at 444 Camden Road, and will be moving down Camden Road to the building located across from Hope Orchard, which is, in part, home to the School Union 69 Superintendent's Office.
After the business, which specializes in custom-built homes and cabinetry, is finished remodeling the 431 Camden Road space, renovation will begin on its old shop to turn it into the new location for the superintendent's office.
Both Pine Ridge Carpentry and the superintendent's office are expected to be in their new spaces by the end of the year.
Andrus said the business has outgrown its current space and has been looking for some time to move and the new location, which was owned by Robert Gardner, will allow the company to triple its space and be able to remain in Hope.
"We have been looking at it [431 Camden Road] for five years, so we were happy to sink our teeth into it," he said.
The open center area of the building will allow work to begin on one side of the building and the products to come out the other side complete. Andrus is currently renovating the shop area, building a paint and staining room and remodeling the upstairs for the current offices. Eventually, the plan will be to move the offices into the space now being used by the school district at the building's front. A new heating system will also be installed. An apartment located on the back of the building will remain unchanged.
Superintendent Dianne Helprin said once it learned Pine Ridge Carpentry had purchased the building, the district began looking for office space to rent, but was not having much luck finding a space in Hope, Appleton or Lincolnville, and the board felt strongly the offices should remain in one of the three towns. Then the idea came along to renovate the current carpentry space for the district's office.
"It's great news that we get to stay in this location," Helprin said, noting the new office will be bigger and will allow more space to for record storage.
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