ROCKPORT — The Camden-Rockport School Board will meet Jan. 10 with Michael Mullins, who submitted a proposal Nov. 30 to renovate and repurpose the Mary E. Taylor building on Knowlton Street in Camden.
Richard Spencer, an attorney with Drummond Woodsum, the Portland firm that represents the school board, will preside over the public portion of the meeting. Spencer is well-known and longtime attorney around the state, versed in education and public finance law. He served for four years as House Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the Maine Legislature.
The agenda begins with a presentation by Mullins, who is president of the Boston-based Mullins Management, Inc.
Mullins submitted his proposal via email to School Administrative District 28 Board Chairman Matt Dailey and Superintendent Maria Libby. Nov. 30 was the deadline the school board had set for receiving proposals to keep MET from being demolished with the rest of the existing Camden-Rockport Middle School complex on Knowlton Street. (Read: Real estate developer submits proposal to repurpose Camden's Mary E. Taylor school)
The new middle school project involves tearing down existing buildings, including the 1925-built MET, and building a new school on the same property.
Public outcry concerning the demolition of MET persuaded the school board to entertain alternative proposals, and Mullins produced one by deadline.
Mullins envisions an adaptive reuse of the 1925-brick-built MET for educational and mix-used purposes. According to Architectural Daily, “After built structures become disused or abandoned, adaptive reuse can be the perfect way to breathe new life into an old building, while conserving resources and historic value.”
Mullins’ proposal includes using MET classrooms as they are laid out, while dedicating 4,000 square feet to shared office and presentation space, conference areas and a pop-up cafe. Plans also call for creating a gallery, welcome center and library.
He anticipates investing $780,000 in the project, and calls it a rehabilitation and preservation development.
(See attached PDF for complete proposal)
Following Mullins’ presentation, the board will provide time for public comment, and then deliberate.
The meeting will be held in the downstairs Geoffrey Parker Meeting Room, 6 to 7:30 p.m., and will be live-streamed at https://livestream.com/Rockportmaine/events/7994620
The full agenda follows:
2. Board action to have attorney Richard Spencer conduct the public portion of this meeting.
3. Adjustments to the Agenda
4. Michael Mullins MET Proposal Presentation
5. Public Comment
6. Board deliberation including Architectural and Legal Consultation
7. Board action on Mullins proposal
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