Historic waterfront Oakland Park campground sold

By Stephen Betts | Oct 05, 2017

Rockport — The historic Oakland Seashore Motel and Cottages, which has nearly 70 acres with a view of the ocean, has been sold.

The property, located on Dearborn Lane off Route 1 in Rockport, has 11 cottages and a motel with 10 rooms.

The property was purchased by JIK Rockport LLC of Miami. The address of the company is the same as the offices of Kislak Organization, a real estate and finance company of which Rockport seasonal resident Jay I. Kislak is the chairman.

JIK purchased the property from Swan Properties LLC of Kearney, Neb., whose principal owners are Daniel and Trudy Hirschfeld. The Hirschfelds purchased the property for $6.5 million at an auction in 2007.

No sale price has been released for this week's purchase by JIK.

The town has the property assessed at nearly $5 million.

A telephone message was left Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 4, with Kislak, but there was no immediate response.

Rockport Planner and Community Development Director James Francomano said no plans for additional development have been filed with the town. He said local developer Stuart Smith did meet with him to inquire when public sewer lines would be extended to Route 1 adjacent to the property.

The town has looked at extending sewer lines along Route 1 for many years. There is a gap  between South Street to the south and Fresh Off the Farm to the north along Route 1 where there is no public sewer.

Francomano said such an extension could begin in late 2020.

A telephone message was also left with Smith Oct. 4. Kislak and Smith have joined forces previously, including for the purchase of the former MBNA complex on Water Street in Rockland now leased by Boston Financial and the Penobscot Bay YMCA.

According to Oakland Park's website, the property was developed in the late 1800s by railroad and transportation interests to serve as a destination and resort.

"With its pavilion and ornamental pond, and the ease of access via streetcars, it was considered a popular venue for public festivities and concerts. It was served directly by a stop on the streetcar line between Camden and Warren, which also had a branch line to Crescent Beach in Owls Head," according to the website.

Camden native Howard Dearborn bought Oakland Park in 1946. He held dances at Oakland Park Pavilion until 1952. He then converted the Pavilion into a moat. During the post-World War II period, Dearborn had the cottages constructed.

Dearborn died in November 2004 and the property was eventually put up for auction.

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