LINCOLN, Maine — The town will lease the Corro House, one of Lincoln’s oldest and most historic buildings, to the Lincoln Historical Society if the society agrees to the terms.
With member Rod Carr absent, the Town Council voted 6-0 on Monday to authorize Town Manager Lisa Goodwin to enter the town into a 10-year agreement with the society. There was no discussion.
Built in 1836, the 1½-story Cape is just about perfect for the society, society members have said. It sits on a half-acre lot adjoining the Lincoln Memorial Library on West Broadway, is across the street from a restored historic schoolhouse the society owns, and is within easy walking distance of downtown.
It needs work, but the house still has many of its historic furnishings, including several small fireplaces and a doorbell with a pull line, George King said.
The society has been eyeing the building since its appeal to the council saved the building from being razed by Nov. 6. In a plan reminiscent of the Millinocket Historical Society’s proposal to turn the former Mott Apartment Building on Central Street into a home for its thousands of artifacts, the Lincoln society hopes to acquire the building for the space it provides.
Using a private endowment fund, the town bought the property for $85,000 in March 2006 to add the house and land to the adjoining library. Through a local management agency, the town rented the property for more than a year but found the arrangement unsatisfactory.
Under the terms of the proposed nine-page lease, the agreement would begin June 1 and end June 1, 2019. Either party can give one year’s notice to terminate the lease without incurring penalties. The annual fee is $1,000.
The society would accept the property as is and could not make major alterations to the building without town approval. The society also would have to pay for all improvements required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.