Mechanic Falls signs agreement to sell building to city; restaurant that should move in

The former medical building at 22 Pleasant St. in Mechanic Falls is under contract for sale by the city to a Portland limited liability company, City Manager Vic Hodgkins announced Tuesday. The city bought it in 2017, planning to move city offices there, but an engineer said in 2018 it was too small. Sun Journal 2017 file photo

MECHANIC FALLS — City Manager Vic Hodgkins announced Tuesday that a purchase and sale agreement has been reached with Pythia of Portland on the former medical building at 22 Pleasant St.

The sale price of $450,000 includes the one-story building and additional parking at Depot Square.

Hodgkins said talks with the limited company have been ongoing since November 2021.

He said he was told a quick-service restaurant was likely the new tenant, pending planning board approval of a site plan. One of the conditions of the agreement is the approval of the project by the Planning Council.

In November 2017, residents voted to buy the old medical building for $275,000 as part of a $500,000 bond. The plan was to renovate it for the municipal offices, public library and police department and to pay off the municipal building bond. But delays in getting federal approval for construction costs prevented work from starting.

In 2018, a structural engineer’s report revealed that the building was too small to house all city departments, especially the police department and the library.

In June 2019, the municipality decided to put the building on the market.

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