Madawaska streets are clearing out as condemned buildings are torn down

Constructions that have been sitting vacant and unused are conference their end to make way for new beginnings as the demolition of many condemned properties is nicely underway to cleanse up Most important Road. 

MADAWASKA, Maine — Buildings that have been sitting down vacant and unused are meeting their conclusion to make way for new beginnings as the demolition of a number of condemned properties is perfectly underway to cleanse up Principal Road. 

In December 2018, Mid-Town Realty Associates donated residence to the city of Madawaska that consisted of two properties: 1 housed The Cubby and Modern-day Contact Salon, the other experienced 13 residential units on the 2nd flooring and was property to Spectrum and Family members Dollar in the Kmart Plaza on Major Street.

The Choose Board decided to appoint an 11-member committee to analyze the assets and decide the best use of the plaza in January 2019. The committee experienced its first conference in March 2019 when concepts had been bounced all around. 

The two structures in the Kmart Plaza in Madawaska have been demolished and contractors Ed Pelletier & Sons perform get ready the land for the new Fish River Rural Well being facility on Apr. 26. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Moments)

Opportunities for the place bundled a parking garage, a senior retirement facility, a new grocery retailer, a microbrewery, an previous-fashioned standard retail outlet, an indoor house for distributors to rent booths and sell crafts or other goods and a splash park.

In spite of the committee’s efforts, no motion was produced on the house till Oct 2021 when Fish River Rural Well being started finalizing options on a new health treatment facility that would be built on the great deal adjacent to the Kmart building in the plaza. 

At a Madawaska Board of Selectmen meeting on Jan. 25, Ed Pelletier & Sons won a bid for the demolition of the two buildings as effectively as the destruction of a different residential setting up at the corner of 14th Avenue and Major Road, across from the Tim Horton’s parking whole lot. The bid was for $464,940. 

The two properties in the Kmart Plaza in Madawaska have been demolished and contractors Ed Pelletier & Sons function prepare the land for the new Fish River Rural Health and fitness facility on Apr. 26. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Times)

This rendering by Fish River Rural Health’s architecture company, Harriman, reveals a theoretical style and design for the new wellbeing care center. In terms of overall look, the only thing regarded about the building as of now, is that it will be red and white — Fish River’s signature colours. (Courtesy of Heather Pelletier)

The residential building’s large amount will be set up for sale at the time the demolition undertaking is finished. As for the Fish River Rural Health facility, Madawaska Code Enforcement Officer Denise Duperre said it will choose up the greater part of the two loads in the Midtown Plaza, and that the equilibrium of the work on the ton will go toward redeveloping the parking whole lot. 

“The town is doing the job intently with Fish River Rural Overall health engineers,” Duperre reported. “The following action is mainly surveying, acquiring the topography performed for the reason that that is a sloped lot and they need to have to build on a flat surface. Right now they’re stabilizing all those back partitions to keep what’s there until finally the up coming stage of improvement.” 

Not involved in the Midtown Plaza demolition bid was the Madawaska McDonald’s, which experienced been sitting down empty given that Oct 2021. The building’s demolition began April 7 to make way for the new Land Port of Entry to be developed by the U.S. Common Services Administration. The large amount is now empty and devoid of development machines and automobiles, but the new Border Patrol station is established to be basically comprehensive and operational in late 2023.

The web page of the 48-yr-old McDonald’s in Madawaska is now flattened land on April 19, making way for the new land port of entry. (Emily Jerkins | St. John Valley Occasions)