Former Rockland High School building to go up for auction
Rockland — The former Lincoln Street school is slated to go on the auction block next week.
Touted as a multi-use building, the former local high school building will go up for public sale at 4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the building's address at Lincoln Street.
The two-story brick building with a raised basement and 24,000-square-foot paved parking lot rests on a 1.65-acre parcel in the middle of a residential district.
Built in 1868, the structure first housed Rockland High School, then Rockland District Junior High School, Rockland District Middle School, and most recently the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education.
The property is designed with multiple large classrooms, restrooms, offices, a gymnasium and an auditorium.
Stef Keenan of Keenan Auction Co. of South Portland will hold the auction for its client, Camden National Bank. The bank has two mortgages on the property taken out by the Lincoln Street Center.
One mortgage for $75,000 was dated April 15, 2003. The second mortgage, for $147,000, was taken out Jan. 20, 2004, according to the Knox County Registry of Deeds.
The public sale incorporates both mortgages.
Keenan held a preview of the facility on Aug. 16. "Several parties previewed it," he said in a telephone interview later in the day. "What they're going to do with it remains to be seen."
The state's recent school consolidation has left more empty school buildings in the state than one might expect, he said.
The Lincoln Street Center Board of Directors in April announced that the 34,000-square-foot building would have to be closed owing to needed repairs.
The announcement led to closing spaces used by artists, who had to go elsewhere for studio space. The Watershed School, an independent school with about 25 students, occupied much of one floor. The school's directors have since found campus space in Camden at the former Owl and Turtle bookstore building on Mechanic Street.
Courier Publications reporter George Chappell can be reached at 207-594-4401, ext. 117, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.