Rockport considers tearing down parts of old school

Officials in Rockport are considering tearing down three of four sections of the old Rockport Elementary School on Route 1 to make the unused property more attractive to potential buyers. Ironically, the oldest section built in 1954 is in the best shape and would remain standing, with the additions built in 1968, 1985 and 1992 are being considered for razing.
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Officials in Rockport are considering tearing down three of four sections of the old Rockport Elementary School on Route 1 to make the unused property more attractive to potential buyers. Ironically, the oldest section built in 1954 is in the best shape and would remain standing, with the additions built in 1968, 1985 and 1992 are being considered for razing.
By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 24, 2012, at 2:29 p.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — The old Rockport Elementary School has been sitting unused in a field on the side of Route 1 for more than a year. People at a Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night seemed to come to a consensus that three of the four pieces of the building need to be torn down.

Although the town has not decided what to do with the property, tearing down the decaying pieces of the building might make it more appealing to potential buyers if the town does sell it, Rockport’s community development director said.

The old school is made of four parts: The original 1954 building with a few classrooms and a gymnasium and three additions built in 1968, 1985 and 1992. Those additions seem to be the issue.

“The original building is actually in the best shape,” Ford said.

The others are crumbling. One is literally sinking into the earth as its foundation degrades. The others are full of mold and structurally unsafe, Ford said. He also said they are not worth repairing. It would cost too much.

It’s uncertain what will happen with the land, but letting it sit there longer isn’t the solution, Ford said.

“It’s been there with no water and no heat for two winters,” he said.

The Board of Selectmen likely will vote on the matter at its Feb. 13 meeting.

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