Brewer school reuse proposals due April 4

Posted March 28, 2011, at 12:52 p.m.
Last modified March 28, 2011, at 2:39 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Those interested in redeveloping any of the three soon-to-be-empty elementary schools or Brewer Middle School have until Monday to submit written reuse proposals.

The four buildings will become city property at the end of the school year when students and staff head over to the new Brewer Community School on Parkway South. The new pre-kindergarten-through-eighth-grade school is scheduled to open in the fall. It will replace Capri Street School, State Street School, Washington Street School and Brewer Middle School, which were built between 1925 and 1962.

The Brewer City Council established an ad hoc committee several months ago to evaluate the properties, talk to residents about what they wanted to do with them and consider proposals for redevelopment.

“The ad hoc committee welcomes any person, firm or other entity interested in any of these properties to submit a written letter setting forth their proposals for reuse of these buildings and grounds,” Councilor Arthur “Archie” Verow said in a statement issued late last week. “Once these letters are received, the ad hoc committee will schedule a tour of the properties for interested developers.”

The written reuse proposals are due at City Hall by April 4. D’arcy Main-Boyington, Brewer’s economic development director, said Monday that an initial report about the list of possible developers for the four properties will be presented to the City Council the following day.

Verow, who chairs the ad hoc panel, said it is charged with making a recommendation to the City Council on reuse of the properties, but he noted it is up to the council to make the final determination.

Capri Street School sits on 6.88 acres, Washington Street School has 8.18 acres, State Street School has 4.6 acres and Brewer Middle School has 0.88 acres.

The school department plans to keep the gym section of Brewer Middle School so it can be used for administrative office space and to house the Alpha Classroom, formerly the alternative Choices for Teens program, Superintendent Daniel Lee has said.

The Washington Street School site is encumbered under a federal land and conservation fund project agreement, limiting it to educational and recreational uses, city officials have said.

The written proposals can be dropped off or mailed to: Brewer Development Office, 80 North Main St., Brewer, Maine 04412, or submitted by an email to D’arcy Main-Boyington at dmain-boyington@brewerme.org.

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