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Manna Ministries puts home up for sale

John Clarke Russ | BDN
John Clarke Russ | BDN
Bill Rae, executive director of Manna Ministries of Bangor, shares his holiday spirit at the start of Manna Ministries' annual free Thanksgiving dinner at Columbia Street Baptist Church in Bangor on Nov. 25, 2010.
By Andrew Neff, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bill Rae, executive director of Manna Ministries Inc., is ready for someone to make him an offer so he can move and expand Manna’s services.

“We’ve had it on the market officially for a month,” Rae said of his nonprofit organization’s 35,000-square-foot building at 629 Main St. “The asking price is $2.5 million and we’re willing to negotiate.”

Rae emphasized that putting his three-level building featuring several wings on the market doesn’t mean Manna is ceasing or even cutting back operations. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

“We heard there were some buyers looking at this building, so we decided to put it on the market and see what we can get,” he explained. “We have no intention of scaling down or shutting down. If anything, we’re going to try and expand the programs we have while making them more efficient at the same time.

“I’ve always had a goal of building a customized, green building to accommodate our rehabilitation and shelter services.”

Rae, who moved Manna to the Main Street location from Center Street 6½ years ago, said the current location is adequate and large but there are a lot of “dead spaces” that are either not easily accessible or too small to use.

Rae said one possible location he would like to investigate is some of the property near the Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor.

“We’ve heard some scuttlebutt that there’s some land out there and it would be a great location to build,” he said. “If we do build or buy another building, I’d like to move the soup kitchen closer to downtown Bangor. Other parts like our rehabilitation, Ann’s House and our outpatient clinic could be located further out.”

Elaine Pelletier, the real estate broker handling the listing, said the building, built in 1865, would be ideal for a potential hotel.

“There are already 38 bedrooms with one fully equipped apartment, a large commercial kitchen, and a separate, smaller kitchen,” Pelletier said. “They also have several offices in there and a dozen bathrooms, some with showers. They even have an elevator.”

Pelletier said the location is close to the malls, shops and restaurants.

“I think commercial sales are coming back and we’re hearing rumblings from a few investors out there,” she said. “And this is a prime location with the Hollywood Casino, Waterfront Concerts and the new arena.”

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