Lovejoy Street house torn down

By Stephen Betts | Jan 31, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The house at 10 Lovejoy St., Rockland, is demolished Jan. 31.

Rockland — A Lovejoy Street house was torn down Thursday, Jan. 31, and the property's owners say they plan to eventually build a new house on the lot.

The demolished house was at 10 Lovejoy St.

The two-story house was built in 1952, according to city assessment records.

It was the longtime home of Leon Bryant Jr., who bought the property in 1961 and lived there until he died in December 2011.

His line of work consisted primarily of doing maintenance and repairs wherever he was employed. His places of employment included Star Brothers, W. T. Grant, Fuller Cadillac, Ames Department Store, many years with Port Clyde Packing/Green Island Packing, and the Farnsworth Art Museum, according to his obituary.

The city took the property for unpaid taxes in 2017 but turned it over to his son, Steven Bryant, and his wife, Wendy, in November 2018.

The Bryants said Jan. 31, they hope to build a house on the lot, which is nearly an acre.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 07, 2019 06:36

Steven, you and your wife are in my prayers.

Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Feb 02, 2019 04:16

At 60 yrs old, I have never and won't ever look at a Facebook page. Too much drama...not enough time. Last year diagnosed with ALS. Better  news a couple of months ago but still headed for a wheelchair.  Hence the need for ADA home. We have a few months but when we do build albeit on Lovejoy or a couple of other options 1800 to 2400 sf is our need. Thank you again for your insights .


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 01, 2019 18:43

Right now the minimum sq ft one can built is I believe 750 sq ft. You may want to check with the city on that.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 01, 2019 18:37

Just sayin’ there was a lot going of smoke.  No worries. Your house needed to come down. Thank you for doing that.  I will try to find you on Facebook so our conversation can be somewhat private.

Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Feb 01, 2019 16:42

Valerie, sorry for the smoke issue. Let me buy you a cup of coffee one day soon. Don't mean to upset my neighbors before we even move in. I don't quite follow your comment about "tinier homes". Please explain. It's a 1 acre lot. What would you recommend?

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 01, 2019 14:24

This is a perfect example why setbacks and square footage on a house should be change. It  would be economical to built tinier houses on such small land.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Feb 01, 2019 14:22

So glad that the house is being torn down but I sure am glad my house isn’t in the path of all that smoke all day.  Yuck!

Posted by: Steven D Bryant | Jan 31, 2019 19:24

Thank you Richard for your kind words. He was in fact a true gentleman. Our plans for the property are flexible. But we want to do our part to help with the city's economic development plan. We spoke with the adjoining property owners ( very nice folks) and they were pleased to hear of our possible ideas. Building an ADA  compliant home for us or developing the land for multiple new homes to be put on the market are our first choices. We look forward to working with the City's zoning and planning boards to  bring new life to the neighborhood. "STAY TUNED"


Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 31, 2019 16:56

Mr. Bryant was a true gentleman. Am sure he would be glad to see his son will use the land,

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