Camden Select Board, SAD 28 to meet regarding MET

By Kim Lincoln | Aug 02, 2017
Photo by: Kim Lincoln Camden Select Board and SAD 28 will hold a joint meeting Wednesday, Aug. 9 to continue discussions for possible renovations to the Mary E. Taylor School, located on Knowlton Street.

Camden — The Camden Select Board and the School Administrative District 28 will meet Wednesday, Aug. 9 to give the boards the opportunity to discuss issues regarding the potential preservation or repurposing of the Mary E. Taylor School.

The joint meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Washington Street Conference Room and will not be broadcast on Channel 22 or available online. The SAD 28 board meeting will follow the meeting at 7:30 p.m.

At a July 13 special meeting held by the School Board, the board gave interested groups the go-ahead to come up with concrete proposals for saving the MET building, which is slated for demolition to make way for the new Camden-Rockport Middle School.

Last week, the Board stated that to be considered, a proposal must be submitted no later than Nov. 30 so that the Board has adequate time to review the proposal and negotiate terms of a binding commitment, subject to referendum approval. No proposal received after that date will be considered. It also said proposals from developers need to be firm, detailed and in writing.

At the special meeting, local developers Stuart and Tyler Smith made several comments and asked a variety of questions during the meeting. Stuart Smith expressed interest in working with a small group of no more than six to eight people to come up with ideas for alternative uses and said the price tag of $3 to $4 million estimated by the school district to renovate the building is inflated and said it could be done for far less than that figure.

Camden Select Board member Alison McKellar said following that meeting that in addition to herself and the Smiths, Robin McIntosh, who is a member of the Camden Community Economic Development Advisory Committee, Eric Kangas, and a few others all have strong interest in preserving the building.

The agenda is attached below.

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