August 20, 2018
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You could buy this 19th-century Maine jail for $250K

By CBS 13

A former Maine jail could be yours.

The old York County Jail in Alfred is on the market, available for purchase or for rent. The property owner is looking for the right buyer or business to occupy the building.

It’s hard to miss off busy Route 111 in Alfred, the brick building with “for sale” and “for rent” signs. The 1869 property that once housed alleged criminals is now empty.

“I thought it was beautiful, I liked everything about it,” owner Michael Kaplan said.

Kaplan saw great potential when he bought the building in 2000, and 17 years later, he still does.

“It’s a great building, we just need somebody who wants to call it home,” Kaplan said.

Tenants have come and gone and parts of the building are rent-ready, with wood floors and exposed brick. Kaplan said other rooms can be renovated to a renter’s preference.

“You don’t want to put a bathroom in some place and then have somebody come and want it somewhere else,” Kaplan said. “The tenant is what drives the building, it makes the building.”

The cell area is where creativity and imagination come in. Massive windows with granite sills provide a lot of natural light.

“So you could knock this out, re-floor it, put like a half moon with a railing and then each floor would have all the light from both sides,” Kaplan said.

He believes there are countless possibilities with this property, from a modern office space to a brewery or restaurant with an unusual backstory. He just wants it to be put to good use.

“What we really want it somebody to come in here and be successful,” Kaplan said, “Whether we rent it or whether we sell it, we just don’t want it empty. It doesn’t make sense to have it empty, it’s not good for us, it’s not good for the building, it’s not good for the town.”

The property is listed at $250,000 for the 14,000-square-foot building and three acres of land. The renovated rooms can be rented for $600 a month.


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