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The City of Saco seeks development proposals for the sale and rehabilitation of city-owned real estate at 90 Temple Street. The parcel contains approximately .25 acre of land with an 1890s Queen Anne style home of approximately 4,000 square feet of floor area designed by Josiah Littlefield, a well-known New England architect.

In April 2012, the property experienced a fire that has left the home exposed to the elements and
only protected by tarps covering exposed portions of the roof. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is listed on Maine Preservation’s Endangered Properties List. The city had the structure inspected by an engineer in February 2020, and this report is available in the attachment. While the city recognizes the extensive damage of the historic home, because of its National Register listing and its significance to the community, the city seeks proposals to have the property redeveloped in a method that preserves historic character but also provides the best option of redevelopment for both the city and potential purchaser. While the city’s preference is to obtain the assessed value of the land, this RFP
has no minimum bid. Preference shall be given to those proposals that offer the best rehabilitation project and propose use of historic preservation construction techniques. Additionally, preference shall be given to those proposals that plan to use a state, recognized non-profit, or federal historic preservation funding program for the property, such as federal tax credits and/or the Protect and Sell Program.

The city plans to provide the property in as-is condition. The city offers prospective buyers the opportunity to tour the property through August 13, 2020, by appointment only. To schedule a tour, please contact Isabelle Oechslie, Planning & Economic Development Associate, at 207-282-3487. Tours are scheduled based on availability of staff and prospective purchaser(s).

Proposals will be accepted until 11:00 AM on Friday, August 14, 2020 (original date has been extended) electronically submitted to Emily Cole-Prescott, City Planner at with the subject line: “RFP – 90 Temple Street Sale.”

Any questions regarding the project specifications should be directed to Emily Cole-Prescott, City Planner, by emailing Deadline for questions is Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

Project Details, Background, Terms & Conditions, Proposal Requirements, RFP Response Form, etc.