The building that houses the offices of the Central Lincoln County School System is under new ownership.
Farrin Properties closed on the property July 1. The 23-acre property includes the Pine Grove Plaza office space at 767 Main St., a house at 765 Main St. attached to the office building by a garage, and a second garage.
Neal Ward was the previous owner of the property. After Ward passed away in 2012, his daughters, Linda and Karan, worked with Wayne Farrin, owner of Farrin Properties, to sell the property.
“Linda kept saying how ‘Dad would’ve loved for you to have it and keep it going,’ and I began to consider it,” Farrin said. “There’s a lot of value and potential for the property.”
Pine Grove Plaza houses the offices of the Central Lincoln County School System, including Central Lincoln County Adult Education. Damariscotta Family Planning and three social workers rent office space elsewhere in the building, Farrin said.
“It worked out for the leases, having the July 1 date,” Farrin said. “Everyone is signed and staying.”
Two more businesses are in the process of moving into Pine Grove Plaza. Lucky Rock Jewelry, a studio and gallery owned by Chris Elliott, has moved into the detached garage on the property, which it will use as a workshop and retail space. Elliot had previously rented space in the Farrin Properties building at 752 Main St.
Computer Chip will also make the move across the street to Pine Grove Plaza. The move will give owner Chip Webber more room to expand his business, Farrin said.
Farrin is renovating the house on the property to convert it into commercial office space.
In addition to his work across the street, Farrin is also in the process of making improvements to his property at 748 Main St., the former home of Denture Designs and Lincoln County Dental Inc. The businesses closed June 9 due to a ruptured plumbing line in the wall of the central office.
Farrin said the ruptured plumbing line was caused by contamination from salt used to treat the road during the winter. He is working with the Maine Department of Transportation to resolve the issue and plans to connect the building to town water this month.
Denture Designs has relocated to Thomaston for the summer. Lincoln County Dental has purchased a van and portable equipment for a mobile outreach program.
The 748 Main St. building is available for lease.