BREWER, Maine — What to do with four school buildings that will be left vacant once the new multimillion-dollar pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school opens in 2011 is a question that a new ad hoc committee will try to answer, Mayor Arthur “Archie” Verow said Wednesday.
The new elementary-middle school on Parkway South will replace Capri Street School, State Street School, Washington Street School and Brewer Middle School, which were all built more than 50 years ago. Once the buildings are vacated, they become the property of the city.
“The thought is it’s not too early to begin thinking about what we’re going to do with the buildings and the land,” Verow said.
Brewer Housing Authority personnel already have expressed interest in acquiring one of the buildings to create affordable housing for senior citizens.
Brewer Parks and Recreation leaders have expressed an interest in the gymnasium at the middle school. And the school department is interested in possibly using part of the addition to the middle school for office space.
Others, including investors, also have shown interest in acquiring the buildings, the mayor said.
Verow appointed Lucie Estabrook, David Hart, B. Calvin Bubar, Albert Gibson and David Hanna to the committee, along with Ken Hanscom, the parks and recreation director, City Planner Linda Johns and Tanya Pereira, the economic development deputy director.
At their first meeting later this month, the members will hear a presentation about the condition of the four buildings, Verow said. Future meetings are planned to get input from residents.
“We’re interested in getting feedback from neighbors,” he said. The schools are “part of the neighborhood. We don’t want to make any quick decisions.”