The Penobscot Bay YMCA has announced the sale of its Teen Center property at 10 Knowlton St. in Camden. The sale will be final in early September. The Y has owned the property since 2010.

The Y will maintain its Teen Center programs, however, as a tenant in the same property for the 2020-2021 school year with Maine DECD COVID-19 regulations in place. For the 2021 school year and beyond, the Y Teen Center will transition into MSAD 28’s administrative property next door to the current Teen Center building, once it is vacated in September, 2021.

“Our YMCA is facing its most devastating financial challenge in our history. When the opportunity presented itself in August for our Y to sell this location to our educational tenant, Atlantic Academy, Inc., the Y knew this sale could stabilize our estimated $550,000 loss, due to the COVID-19 closure sustained from March 17 to June 12. Moreover, this sale permits the Y to rent space from Atlantic Academy as needed during the upcoming school year. At this time, we are preparing a different Teen Center model in conjunction with both the school and Maine DECD rules. We hope to reopen our new Teen Center model in early October,” said Melissa Bellew, president and CEO of the Y. “Our Y is delighted to continue our strong partnership with the town of Camden, Atlantic Academy, and MSAD 28,” she said.

Jed Schwalm, owner of Atlantic Academy, Inc., said, “Atlantic Academy is a therapeutic school for the region's at-risk youth, which has maintained a very positive rental relationship with the Penobscot Bay YMCA to use the Teen Center since 2017, for our school. Given the expansive need for Atlantic Academy's services, we are excited for the opportunity to take ownership of the Teen Center this September and continue to offer the benefits of the property and surrounding Camden community to our students and staff who largely reside in the immediate midcoast region."