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Face lift, new owner for former McDuck's

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 19, 2019
Photo by: Susan Mustapich A new owner has purchased this prominently located, and long vacant commercial property on Route 1.

CAMDEN — The long-vacant McDuck's property has a new owner, who plans to locate a heating and air conditioning business in the existing building.

Stephen Winchenbach bought the Route 1 property in mid-September from Richard S. Stearns of Thomaston. Winchenbach plans to use the building as his business shop.

The property was listed with The Masiello Group, and sold for $185,000.

Residents and commuters will soon see a change in the property's appearance. McDuck's, a gas station and convenience store, with a rental apartment on the second floor, closed in 2009. Over the past decade, the vacant building has taken on a dilapidated look.

The gas tanks out front were recently removed, Winchenbach said Nov. 19, and the exterior siding is coming down this week. The second floor doors and windows will be replaced and the building re-sided. Winchenbach has not yet decided whether the second floor rental will be commercial or residential space.

Winchenbach is enthusiastic about the property and interested in the building's different uses in the past.

The updated building will not have a sign, he said. He opened his business in 2000, which has grown solely by word of mouth. With two employees, Winchenbach said they are working at capacity, to the point where advertising and signs would attract more work than they can take on.

In the future, he sees the possibility of hiring more employees and an assistant to run a front office.

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