The old Hope Corner fire station may become a woodworking shop, pending approval by the Hope Planning Board.

The town vacated the property in December when the new fire station on Camden Road opened, and since then town officials have been considering the future of the lot.

It was decided to offer the property, which is considered a nonconforming lot, to abutters to the property, said Town Administrator Jon Duke. Ben Leavitt, who owns a metal works shop at the corner of Camden Road and Hatchet Mountain Road, expressed an interest.

On Jan. 26, the Hope Board of Selectmen signed a purchase and sales agreement with Leavitt for the property. He has agreed to pay the town $15,500 for the lot and building.

Ben Leavitt plans to own the land and lease the building to his brother Josh Leavitt, who would like to open a fine craft woodworking shop.

Josh Leavitt is expected to present his plans to the Hope Planning Board at its Tuesday, Feb. 2 meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the town office. Leavitt plans to do some cosmetic work to the building, such as adding a new roof and doing some landscaping, Duke said. The plan also includes provisions for parking and storage.

The sales agreement is contingent on planning board approval.