The future planning for the Mary E. Taylor School building on Knowlton Street continues, with two meetings scheduled this week to determine what happens next with the historic facility.

The building is currently part of Camden-Rockport Middle School, but when voters approved a $25 million bond article in June to build a new school, the spending package did not include plans to renovate the building.

The Camden Select Board will hold a workshop Tuesday, July 11, at 5:30 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room to discuss the future of the building with interested parties. The meeting will not be broadcast live.

Then, Thursday, July 13, at 6 p.m., the School Administrative District 28 Board will hold a special meeting to continue the discussion, with possible board action. The board will discuss the possibility of renovating the building for district use, the possibility of transferring ownership to the town with restrictions, whether to sell to a private entity with restrictions or to demolish the building, but salvage parts of it. This meeting will be held in the CRMS cafeteria.

The district says the cost to secure MET to a standing building with no renovation is approximately $1 million and the cost to renovate is estimated at between $3.8 million and $4 million.

The school district will have to go to a referendum to have voters approve any use other than demolishing the 24,000-square-foot building.

The building is in Traditional Village zoning, which calls for residential single-family homes, small-scale multifamily structures, compatible residential-scale businesses and a distinct village design. Special exemptions, which require a permit from the Zoning Board, include congregate housing, nursing homes, public schools, community buildings, municipal use, quasi-public facilities. Allowed commercial uses in the zone are boat storage, barn storage, small hotels and other special low-impact uses.

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