No takers for Rockland police station

By Stephen Betts | Jan 11, 2019
Source: File photo The Rockland Police Department occupies a section of the lower level of 1 Park Drive.

Rockland — Thus far, no one has shown interest in buying a police station with a stunning view of Rockland Harbor.

Rockland City Manager Tom Luttrell said Wednesday, Jan. 9, that no one had submitted a letter of interest in the city property at 1 Park Drive.

The City Council had voted unanimously at its Dec. 10 meeting to seek proposals for the property.

Luttrell said Jan. 9 he would consult with the council to see what it wants to do now. The city could contract with a real estate agent to market the property for sale.

Luttrell had said prior to the Dec. 10 vote that if there was interest from someone in buying the space, he would recommend the city develop plans to expand the current Fire Department building to accommodate the Police Department.

The city-owned space in the building at 1 Park Drive is about 7,700 square feet.

The police department occupies a large section of the lower level of the building. The Rockland Festival Corp. owns the remainder of the lower level, while the Maine Lighthouse Museum has the top floor.

The police department moved into the space in August 2004.

Police had been crammed into the same building as the Fire Department from 1983 until the 2004 move. Before that, the Police Department occupied a small portion of the current state-owned building where Trackside Station is located. City Hall occupied the remainder of the building.

The city leased the Police Department space at 1 Park Drive until 2007, when the building was purchased from MBNA by the various groups.

This will be the third time the city has considered building an addition to the fire station at 118 Park St.

In 1989, the city hired Moore Weinrich Architects of Brunswick, which concluded that an additional 9,000 square feet of space was needed to accommodate the full needs of the Police and Fire Departments. The City Council did not proceed with an expansion.

In January 2000, the city purchased for $53,500 a quarter-acre parcel across Lisle Street from the fire station that had been owned by Howard Walen and occupied by the Finast Kind Market. In June 2000, the city formed another committee to look at an expansion of the fire department building, but again the council did not go ahead with it.

Luttrell said the Lisle Street lot could be used for parking and the addition could go to the side or the rear of the existing fire station on city-owned land.

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