Grant won by Veazie for center

Posted July 02, 2010, at 11:48 p.m.

VEAZIE, Maine — A town committee has landed a $30,000 grant for an energy efficiency overhaul of the Veazie Community Building.

The grant, awarded to the town by the Efficiency Maine Trust, is the second Veazie has received this year to apply toward breathing new life into the aging building, Don MacKay, chairman of the nine-member Veazie Community Center redevelopment advisory committee, said Friday.

The first was a $3,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation that the committee received this spring, he said, adding that the money was used to develop a renovation plan for the building.

“We’re on a bit of a roll,” MacKay said, adding that the energy efficiency grant was funded through the federal economic stimulus program.

The energy efficiency funding will be used to replace the building’s old single-pane windows, light fixtures and two sets of doors, he said.

Built in the 1930s, the white two-story building at the corner of Flagg and Olive streets has served as a town hall, firehouse and, in recent years, a community center. Though the building is still in good shape, it is in need of some upgrades, MacKay said.

It houses the Eastern Maine School of Self Defense and is used as a meeting place for local nonprofit groups, recreational activities and the occasional class or course.

“It’s always been a community building,” MacKay said. He said he hopes that once the building has been upgraded, new uses will be added.

People in the community have expressed a desire to see a supervised teen center, after-school programming and other children’s activities, dances and musical performances there, he said.

Town Manager Bill Reed said that the energy efficiency project likely will be done in late summer or fall of this year.

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