Bucksport Town Council discusses historic building, undergoes changes

BUCKSPORT, Maine (WABI) - A piece of Bucksport's history the topic of discussion at Thursday night's town council meeting.

While the past of Wilson Hall plays a role, it's the future councilors and the public weighed in on.

The building has been vacant for years.

The town's code enforcement officer has said it should be torn down.

While there are some who think it should go, others want to see it preserved.

"I think it's important for community to respect its history and it's a building that's been on the skyline here since 1850 and I think we should explore as many options as possible to see if we can save it," said councilor Mark Eastman

Local businessman and developer Larry Wahl, who among other things owns the downtown ice cream parlor, proposed to buy the building for one dollar and receive a $63K forgivable loan from Bucksport.

Funds that would be used to shore up the structure and stop it from deteriorating further.

Following that Wahl would make a sizable investment in renovating the building, possibly turning it into apartments.

The council will vote on the matter on February 13th.

In addition, at the meeting, Town Manager Sue Lessard announced that after more than 2 decades on the council David Keene was resigning.

We spoke with Keene, he said he is healthy and happy, but that after all these years it was the right time to step away.

The council agreed to ask former member Paul Gauvin to serve out the remainder of this year.

Peter Stewart was voted in as Bucksport's new mayor.