Over $2 million in bonds earmarked for office redo

BAR HARBOR — A proposed $2.2 million in bond issues to renovate the municipal building and another $242,000 for new downtown signs will come before residents at town meeting this June. Town councilors on Tuesday approved the order placing the bond issues on the warrant by unanimous vote.

Of the money proposed for the municipal building, more than half would go towards the building’s masonry shell and flat roof, which were determined to be in dire need of repair during a study in 2012. The rest would go toward long-planned renovations to the main floor entranceway, government offices and bathrooms.

The municipal building was designed as a high school by renowned architect Fred Savage. It was built in 1907. The town has spent $1.2 million on upgrades and renovations since 1989. However, the 2012 study found that the main floor design does not serve spatial needs for existing departments and that existing bathrooms and other features do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

The study, conducted by Design Group Collaborative, found that construction of a new building would cost at least $6.7 million.

Revenues from cruise ship passenger and port fees will be used to pay the annual debt service on the sign bond. No taxpayer monies will be raised for the sign project.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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