The Medomak Valley Community Foundation has announced it will launch a Citizens' Petition Initiative which, if successful, would force the town of Waldoboro to sell the former A. D. Gray building and property to MVCF for rehabilitation as a community center.

The petition comes following the Board of Selectmen's decision Jan. 23 to "aggressively market" the property, which MVCF has been in discussion to purchase from the town for the past 18 months.

The plan was to have the town lease the building and property to MVCF for $1, so that it could undertake the necessary renovations and create a community center.

Seth Hall, a member of MVCF and primary proponent of the project, posted the following in a message on Facebook:

"It is important to note that the MVCF intends to cover the entire cost of rehabilitating the building through fundraising and grants; no taxpayer money would be expected or requested by the MVCF for this project."

The post goes on to explain that "when the rehabilitation project is done, the MVCF intends to offer the Community Center back to the Town, just as we did with the Miller Ball Fields, subject of course to a public vote to accept the building."

In order to get the Citizens' Petition on the June warrant, at least 225 signatures are necessary.

Hall said anyone interested in supporting the initiative and signing the petition can find him or other MVCF representatives at various locations throughout town in the coming weeks.

April 1 is the proposed deadline to collect the signatures in order for the petition to be certified and placed on the June town meeting warrant.

The town-owned A.D. Gray School, built in 1935, had sat vacant since its closure in 2009 and was set for demolition before Central Lincoln County YMCA stepped in and leased the building in 2012 for $1, with an option to buy, with the intention that it would become a YMCA — only to withdraw from the project in May 2015.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@villagesoup.com.