June 22, 2018
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Sale of waterfront property to fund scholarship program for College of the Atlantic

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

PEMBROKE, Maine — With the sale of a 74-acre waterfront property, students who graduate from a Washington County high school will have the chance to attend college in Bar Harbor.

The land on Garnet Head Road was given to College of the Atlantic by its former owners, Sid and Hazel Bahrt, on the conditions it be protected from development, sold, then have the proceeds from that sale fund a scholarship program for students from Washington Academy in East Machias.

The property, which includes nearly 2 miles of shore frontage on Sipp Bay, is offered for sale by Due East Real Estate, according to a statement released last week by the college. According to the agency’s online listing, the asking price for the property is $300,000.

The property includes a 1,250-square-foot home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, according to the listing. Limited residential development is allowed on three acres of land surrounding the house, but the remaining 71 acres cannot be developed.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust purchased a conservation easement on the property in 2010, in order to help protect the “rich” ecological and scenic value of the property and of Sipp Bay, college officials indicated in the release. The land trust purchased the easement for $150,000, which COA is dedicating to the Bahrt scholarship fund, according to Bob Mentzinger, COA’s public relations manager.

COA President Darron Collins said in the statement the conservation easement and ensuing sale of the property will be “a triple win” for the environment, for Washington Academy students and for COA. The college places an emphasis on environmental studies throughout its entire curriculum and offers degrees in only one discipline: human ecology.

“It will be great when the property is finally conveyed to see the vision of Sidney Bahrt come to fruition,” Collins wrote in the release. “Imagine a home sale generating a conservation easement in a key ecological sanctuary and a scholarship for a student to come to College of the Atlantic from Washington County to study human ecology.”

According to the college, Sidney Bahrt was a professional photographer from New York City who specialized in automotive advertising but who also won prizes for his nature photography of birds. He passed away in 2007.

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