Originally published in The Weekly Packet, March 7, 2013
BHMH to put former Leighton Gallery back on the market
by Faith DeAmbrose
While Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s strategic plan has yet to hit the shelves, one thing is now known: the former Leighton Gallery at 24 Parker Point Road will not be a part of it.
The hospital board of trustees has announced that it will put the property up for sale. “Today we know that out future campus needs can be met without repurposing the Leighton building,” said BHMH President and CEO Greg Roraff in a prepared statement.
The property, which was purchased by the hospital in September, will go back on the market with a little less land, as Roraff has also announced that BHMH will retain some space behind the building for parking. The property will still contain “a comfortable backyard.”
The parcel will be listed by Jeff Allen at Downeast Properties for $290,000, which is less—but with less land—than the $344,000 paid by the hospital in September. The property was assessed at the time of sale by the town of Blue Hill for $607,300 with land and buildings. The property also contains an apartment dwelling.
As for the strategic plan, that is expected to be presented to employees first and then to the general public. This is expected to occur, explained BHMH Community Relations Manager Kelley Columber, either late this month or in early April.