State to help purchase wharf on Taunton Bay

Posted Nov. 16, 2009, at 9:55 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

SULLIVAN, Maine — The town’s proposed purchase of Gordon’s Wharf got a boost last week when officials with Land for Maine’s Future decided to give more than $200,000 toward the project.

The board for the state-funded program voted Nov. 10 to contribute $215,740 toward the wharf purchase, the town indicated Monday in a prepared statement.

The town has negotiated with the wharf owner to pay $385,000 for the granite wharf, which sits just north of Route 1 on Taunton Bay.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy has pledged to contribute $100,000 toward the purchase, and an anonymous donor has agreed to assist the town with its share. Voters initially approved the project at Sullivan’s annual town meeting in June, but will have to vote again to give the project the town’s final approval.

By acquiring the wharf, officials hope, the town will be able to preserve a historic property and to provide the public with waterfront access to Taunton and Frenchman bays.

Town officials hope to complete the project by the end of the year.

Anyone who wants to contribute to the effort should contact the Sullivan town office at 422-6282.

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