BANGOR, Maine — Two well-known social justice groups that have shared space at 170 Park St. for more than a decade are gearing up to move to different downtown locations later this month.
The upcoming relocations of Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine and Power in Community Alliances, better known as PICA, were prompted by a rent increase neither nonprofit could afford, officials from the two groups said Wednesday.
The Peace & Justice Center has found new digs at 96 Harlow St., Suite 100, across the street from City Hall and the Bangor Public Library, program coordinator Ilze Petersons said.
According to Petersons, the new space will cost about the same to rent as the center’s current location but is roomier and more visible.
In anticipation of the move, set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, the center is gathering boxes, packing and doing some painting at its new home. After a few weeks of unpacking and settling in, the center will celebrate its new space with a gathering of regional peace and justice groups and a potluck, singalong and open house in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, Petersons said.
PICA’s move to Suite 15 in the Coe Building, at 61 Main St. across the street from the Maine Discovery Museum, is scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, director Tom Grogan said.
For PICA, the move will result in a rent savings, said Grogan, who was tapped to lead the organization in September. Grogan said the new location offers twice the space.
“It really is amazing,” Grogan said of the new location, which he said is a large corner office on the building’s second floor. Once the move is completed, PICA will reopen on Monday, Jan. 3, he said. A postmove open house is in the works but a date has yet to be set.
Both organizations are seeking help with their moves. Anyone who can help, especially people with access to trucks, can call the Peace & Justice Center at 942-9343 or PICA at 947-4203.
Grogan said PICA also needs furniture and encouraged anyone with connections to a business, church, synagogue or other organization with free or low-cost chairs or tables to call him at the telephone number above.