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February 23, 2018

Seacoast Mission finds new headquarters

Courtesy / The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty
Courtesy / The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty
Maine Seacoast Mission has found a new location for its headquarters, after putting its headquarters in the historic La Rochelle mansion in Bar Harbor on the market for $6.295 million last summer.

The Maine Seacoast Mission will move its headquarters to a multistory building planned for construction in Northeast Harbor.

The Mount Desert Islander reported the mission will occupy the first floor of the building, which is will be built on land acquired last year by Mount Desert 365, a nonprofit created to promote economic revitalization in Northeast Harbor.

As reported by Mainebiz last August, the mission listed for sale its current Bar Harbor headquarters for $6.295 million. Its current headquarters is in the historic La Rochelle mansion, a 1902 seaside estate with more than 40 rooms on three acres, was donated to the mission in 1972 by the Colket family of Philadelphia.

The costs of being at La Rochelle, over $100,000 per year and the board's decision that the money from the property's sale could better be used to benefit programs and services were primary factors in the decision to sell the estate in favor of a new location, the Rev. Scott Planting, the mission's president, told Mainebiz.

Maine Seacoast Mission provides medical and dental care to underserved coastal and island communities, as well as pastoral and spiritual support for those seeking it. All proceeds from the sale will directly support Maine Seacoast Mission.

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