June 23, 2018
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Brewer council approves lease for former Brooks Pharmacy building

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The former Brooks Pharmacy on the corner of Wilson and Main streets has been sold and the new owner has a tenant that wants to occupy the building by Saturday, it was announced Thursday at a special City Council meeting.

The new tenant is unknown, but since the former owners of the property, PJC Realty Co., had a lease with the city for land on the front side of the property, the new owners, California resident Jean Hekimyan and other family members, had to get a new lease with the city, City Solicitor Joel Dearborn told the council.

“I have no idea who is going in there,” he said, adding that what he does know is that the tenant is looking at a 12- to 15-month lease.

The “rent” for the small parcel is “to maintain the 200-square-foot flower bed” which greets those crossing into Brewer from the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, the lease states.

Because the new tenant wants to be in the building by Saturday, the City Council approved the new five-year lease with an emergency preamble making the lease effective immediately.

Another issue that spurred discussion during the short council meeting was the hiring of Lou Silver Inc. of Veazie to do a sewer separation project on Jefferson Street.

Councilor Larry Doughty wanted to know why the five bids for the job were so different.

There is a “$229,000 difference between the top and the low,” he said. “That is a huge discrepancy I think.”

Ken Locke, Brewer’s environmental services director, said some of the other companies, including one that provided a $428,134 bid, did so to deal with possible ledge.

“They put money in the bid for ledge removal and disposal,” he said. “All the evidence we see is that there is not a lot of ledge up there.”

Locke said engineers estimated the job would cost around $225,000.

Doughty also said there were problems with the last project Silver did for Brewer. Locke said the city received complaints about trenches and dust and traffic control with the last project, but he didn’t expect any of those problems to arise with the Jefferson project.

“I don’t foresee any issues whatsoever with Silver doing this project,” he said.

Councilors unanimously hired Silver to do the sewer separation project for $198,523.

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