The historic restroom building at the Seal Harbor beach parking lot has undergone extensive renovations this spring. ISLANDER PHOTO BY DICK BROOM

Vintage restroom renovations done

MOUNT DESERT — Renovation of the 95-year-old public restroom building at the Seal Harbor beach parking lot is expected to be completed this week.

The $138,516 project was to have been finished by the Memorial Day weekend, but some materials that the flooring subcontractor had ordered were not delivered on time. For the convenience of beach-goers during the holiday weekend, the general contractor, Associated Builders of Ellsworth, arranged for portable toilets to be set up.

Renovation of the red brick restroom building originally was to have been done last year, but the low bid for the project was nearly $65,000 higher than the $100,000 the town had budgeted.

Associated Builders worked with the town to reduce the cost, and voters at last year’s annual town meeting approved additional funds. Work was expected to start in September, but by then, the contractor had committed to other projects for the fall. Public Works Director Tony Smith granted the contractor’s request to postpone the restroom renovation project until this spring.

The restrooms, built in 1921 with funds donated by the Dunham and Rockefeller families, needed extensive work to bring them up to modern standards and into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]
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