Bath council OKs armory conveyance, pier replacement contract

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BATH — The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to turn the former National Guard Armory over to the Bath Development Corp., which will be able to use grant funding to improve the building.

The council voted last spring to borrow up to $175,000 to purchase the building.

The Old Brunswick Road property has been eyed by some as the possible next home of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark, which currently operates in the former YMCA on Summer Street.

The order for the conveyance to BDC notes that there are funding sources available to that corporation that are not available to the city.

City Manager Bill Giroux said the BDC has access to about $150,000 in Brownfield grant funds – which must be spent by the end of the year – for use in remediation. Remediation of mold, asbestos and lead in the armory has been estimated to cost about $135,000.

The council also voted unanimously to accept a $415,000 bid from Wyman & Simpson to replace a pier and improve banking at Waterfront Park.

The city plans to borrow $450,000 for the project, including $35,000 in contingency funds. That money will be repaid from Bath’s Downtown Tax Increment Financing District.

Alex Lear can be reached at 373-9060 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.