FREEPORT — The Lighthouse Crematory and Remembrance Center on Durham Road is under construction and is scheduled to open by the beginning of next year.
Chris Stilkey, superintendent of Burr Cemetery and the crematory, said construction started in August. The 3,000-square-foot building will house the offices of D.C. Stilkey & Son, Collette’s Monuments and the cremation facilities.
Stilkey said he’ll be able to accommodate about 1,200 cremations a year.
“We have state-of-the-art, computerized machines with digital monitors,” he said. “To my knowledge, we have the lowest emissions of any machines in the state.”
Stilkey said Lighthouse Crematory is geographically between crematories in Portland and Auburn, and could accommodate dozens of funeral homes in the area. He said his business will help reduce funeral home transportation and labor costs.
In addition to the crematory, Stilkey said he will offer as many options as possible to the public.
“People are scared of cremation, but we want to assure them we are wide open, we allow full access to the public, and have a strict identification process,” he said. “We want to educate people on cemeteries and the use of cemeteries and assure them we are on the cutting edge of this business.”
Construction will continue through the fall, and Stilkey said he is working to create a green burial area and scattering grounds.
“We want to accommodate the needs of the people, and if that is not a traditional burial in a cemetery, we have a lot of options,” he said.
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