DEXTER, Maine — A Newport businessman withdrew from a purchase and sales agreement for the former Dexter Primary and Middle School on Friday to allow the Town Council to accept a higher bid than what he had offered.
The council, at a special meeting Friday, voted unanimously to accept the $205,000 offer that Gerry Marshall of Corinna submitted to the council at its Sept. 8 meeting.
A purchase and sales agreement already had been signed with Greg Lovely of Newport, doing business as Warehousing Properties. His bid was $162,500. He declined to match Marshall’s offer.
The council met individually with Marshall and Lovely during a brief executive session to discuss the offers before taking a vote.
Both council chairman Roger Brawn and council member Steve Gudroe extended their thanks to Lovely for allowing them to accept the higher bid.
“Mr. Lovely has allowed us to step out of this agreement which we’re bound by because we had accepted that formal offer that he made,” Gudroe said. “We are very appreciative of Mr. Lovely for stepping back and withdrawing his offer.”
A couple of neighbors of the former school on Abbott Hill, which was turned over to the town by SAD 46 last year, expressed concern about the possibility of the building being used for low-income housing, but Marshall said that he was not necessarily pursuing that option.
“At this time there are no set plans as far as what the building will be used for,” Marshall said. He did say that he planned to develop the shoreline and may use the gym as an event center.
Resident David Bailey said he only wished the council had made it part of the package that the property would remain taxable forever whether it was ever subdivided or not.