Now that the Presque Isle indoor pool is officially closed, there’s one question that remains to be answered. That question is, what’s going to happen to the building now?
The building is owned by the city, the property is owned by the Northern maine Fairgrounds. The assessment department at city hall says the building is valued at $458,700 dollars. Now what’s to come of the building is yet to be determined, but there will be a council meeting on Monday 92/3/14) where the possibilities will be discussed.
The council had directed the department of parks and rec to look at 3 different options.
Chris Beaulieu, Director of Presque isle Rec&Parks Department says, ” The first one was to reach out to the Northern Maine fair and to see about their interest in assuming – taking over the facility.”
But Fair grounds officials have already said they’re not interested in the building. Beaulieu says that’s understandable since there are costs to keeping it maintained.
Beaulieu, “The second was to put out a request for proposals to find if there’s another organization or individual that’s interested in doing the same.”
The third option Beauieu says, is to put bids out to have the facility demolished. The pool opened in 1978, and he says he’d like to see it re-used somehow, but doesn’t think that’s likely. As far as Monday’s council meeting goes.
Beaulieu says, “Well pretty much we’re going to update the council as far what we know with our conversations with the fair, and how we’re going to proceed with the other two options that we’re working on.”
Meanwhile, the cost for lessons and swim related activities will remain the same as they were at the indoor pool, but will now be at UMPI’s Gentile Hall.