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Bids come in for town-owned Willow Street property

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 27, 2020

Camden — Four bids for the town-owned Willow Street property are expected to be reviewed, with one possibly to be approved, at the Dec. 1 Select Board meeting.

The abandoned residential property was acquired by the town due to non-payment of property taxes. The property has been vacant for about 10 years, according to a letter submitted to the board by a neighbor.

Turning the property over to a new owner is an opportunity to create affordable housing, according to a memo provided to the Select Board by Planning and Development Directory Jeremy Martin. He recommend  adding housing affordability covenants to the property. Addressing the lack of affordable housing in Camden is a board priority.

One bid submitted comes from a Camden firefighter and his wife looking for an affordable property for their first home, and involves demolition of the existing structure and rebuilding. The remaining bids come from Midcoast Habitat for Humanity; an excavating company based in Hope planning to renovate the existing home into an affordable rental; and a real estate development company from Waldoboro planning to renovate the home into two affordable rental units.

The Select Board is authorized by voters at annual town meeting to sell tax-acquired properties, with some exclusions. The exclusions do not pertain to the Willow Street property.

Additional action items on the Dec. 1 agenda include approval of license fee reductions for windjammer and daysail boats contracted to use town floats in Camden Harbor. Town Manager Audra Caler recommends a 75% fee discount for windjammers, which sat out the entire sailing season due to COVID-19 rules, and a 50% discount for daysail boats.

Approval for 4 Knowlton St. as a temporary home of the Starfire Skate Park and approval of the Siemen's project plan for performance-based energy upgrades to the complex of town government buildings are additional action items.

Tasking the board to review the town's Shoreland Zoning Ordinance is on the agenda for discussion.

Select Board meetings are conducted remotely via Zoom video conferencing and livestreamed on the town of Camden's YouTube channel.

For information on how to provide public comment at the meeting, and to read the packet of information attached to the agenda, visit the town's website or click here.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Christine B Doherty | Dec 01, 2020 00:12

Nancy - thank you for this! I am so grateful for this info - and can’t wait to tell Barbara (Lizzie was her mother - and it’s a wonderful story, too). Again - thank you so much for this information. It’s so helpful.

Posted by: Nancy J Hughes | Nov 30, 2020 19:06

Hi Christine,

I just did a quick title search on the Knox County registry of deeds and the registry indicates that Frank P. Alexander became the owner of the property on July 26, 1900 and then he deeded it to Lizzie A. Dyer (as Lizzie A. Ayoube) on July 6th, 1911. From there it looks like on September 29, 1924 the property transferred to Elsie M. Nutt. Hope that is helpful.



Posted by: Christine B Doherty | Nov 30, 2020 10:28

p.s. i am asking this for Barbara Dyer - she has connections to the Alexander house on Willow Street, but doesn't know if this is the house that she remembers. thank you again.

Posted by: Christine B Doherty | Nov 28, 2020 12:26

does anyone know the history of this house? was it, by any chance, the home of Frank P Alexander and his family in the early 1900s? i know that the Alexanders had a home in that general area of Willow Street before moving to Pearl Street. i would certainly appreciate any information that someone could offer about the history of this house. thank you, in advance.

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