News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, October 11, 2012
Donations sought to purchase Mill Pond Lane property
Lifetime tenancy for Leighton, taxes paid

by Faith DeAmbrose

For several years, the town of Blue Hill has worked through the legal process of foreclosure at 8 Mill Pond Lane. However, occupant Dorothy Leighton remains in the home as a team of friends and social service agencies works to bring the process to a resolution. Those seeking to keep her in the home have created a plan that they say will be a “win-win” for all involved. The only thing left to do is raise $38,000 by October 21 to make it happen.

Birgit Frind and others have negotiated a deal on Leighton’s behalf that brings the Clark Mountain Community Land Trust and the Genesis Community Loan Fund together to fund the purchase, pay back taxes, allow immediate renovations and future upkeep. To date the initiative has raised $6,000.

According to information provided by Frind, tax deductible donations to Clark Mountain Community Land Trust in Greene will purchase the property through payment of back taxes and fees. The trust will be assisted by an $18,000 loan from Damariscotta-based Genesis Community Loan Fund. “The property would then be leased to Leighton with lifetime tenancy as a Section 8 qualifying low-income residence,” according to the information provided. As a condition of the process, Leighton would continue to seek assistance for the personal disabilities she struggles with and has openly discussed over the past few years.

The total needed to fund the purchase ($32,000), do immediate upkeep ($16,300), take care of miscellaneous fees and establish a reserve account comes to approximately $56,000. The group seeks $38,000 from individual donors to make the plan a reality.

The home, even after Leighton’s life tenancy comes to an end, would remain affordable housing into the future, based on the information provided.

Frind gives further perspective regarding the effort in a letter to the editor on page 6.

For more information contact Frind at (415) 640-0410, Bob St.Peter 359-2128 or Daphne Loring at the Clark Mountain Community Land Trust at 266-5859.