BREWER, Maine — Concerns about possible hazardous materials inside the New Stable Inn on Wilson Street doused plans to burn the site in firefighting training, but work crews will begin to demolish the 69-room inn today, officials say.
The property was acquired by Paul Means of Means Investment Co. of Bangor after the former owner defaulted on his mortgage and Means ended up holding the note. The property now is listed by Means under Twin City Rodeways Inc. and Means is partnering with the city to get rid of the eyesore, which was closed on Jan. 25 after high winds ripped off a portion of its roof.
“Twin City Rodeways and the City of Brewer will no longer be burning the building,” Zach Means, son of Paul Means, said in a recent e-mail. “Both parties were concerned with the environmental impact the burning would have and instead decided to demolish the property.”
Clean Harbors of Hampden and RJ Enterprises of Brunswick spent the last couple of weeks removing “both the universal waste and hazardous materials,” he said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection asked that some materials be removed before the building was burned or demolished, Means said. Asbestos tiles and shingles topped the list of hazardous materials.
“The DEP has also been helping oversee the project to ensure that all materials are disposed of properly and the building is clean of this waste,” he said. “Once these materials have been removed, demolition will ensue.”
The final touches of the abatement will be completed early Wednesday and the demolition is expected to begin in the afternoon, Means said Tuesday. The back building will be the first to go, he said.
“They’re moving from the back spot toward Wilson Street,” he said. “We hope to have it down in the next week to a week and a half.”
Once the site is leveled, work will begin on marketing it, Means said.
“We have not really marketed its availability yet but we are interested and open to hearing serious offers,” he said. “It is prime real estate and we would love to have a developer come in and put something up on that parcel that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also helps improve Brewer’s growing economy.”
In a memo to the City Council, Lt. Chris Martin said the Brewer Police Department went to the motel 1,168 times in the last decade and “executed 12 search warrants, most of which were for drug violations.”