Waldo Community Action Partners purchase 78 acres for classrooms, community space, perhaps housing

Sun, 09/05/2021 - 6:00pm

    BELFAST — After many years of looking, the Waldo Community Action Partners has settled on a piece of property on Route 3 in Belfast where the nonprofit intends to grow its programs, and perhaps, housing.

    “Over the last few years, we have spent considerable effort planning for a permanent home for the agency,” said President and CEO Donna M. Kelley, Sept. 1. “Part of that effort has been aligning our financial fitness with the goal of purchasing land or a building that would suit our plans.  With conservative financial planning and saving we were able to accrue the funds necessary to make the land purchase as a first step in our process.”

    The parcel, at 45 Belmont Ave., was purchased by the nonprofit for $895,000.

    “This summer the right property came on the market at 45 Belmont Ave. (Route 3) across from Bank of America and next to Tractor Supply,” the release said. “The property offers approximately 78 acres for WCAP future development.” 

    In the next few months, WCAP said it looks forward to working through the process with staff, community, and the City of Belfast to devise a development plan for the site. WCAP’s goals for the site include the development of offices, classrooms, maintenance, and community spaces that will meet the needs of a growing organization and community. 

    WCAP plans to include housing development in the future for the property which may include low-income housing, special needs housing, and workforce housing.  

    WCAP is a human services agency dedicated to reducing poverty and providing economic opportunities for people with low income. Waldo Community Action Partners was founded in 1965 and serves the community with heating assistance, home repair, public and medical transportation, early childhood services including Headstart, Early Head Start and Pre-K, resource advocacy, rental assistance, and hunger relief. 

    For more information, visit www.waldocap.org or call (207) 338-6809.