By Ann Bryant, Staff Writer
WILTON — It has been a long wait, according to Robert Holbrook, building manager for the Maine Department of Transportation Western Region office.
But, renovation work on the former Dexter building on Routes 2 and 4 is expected to start within a couple weeks and be completed by Aug. 18, he said.
The property at 932 US Route 2 will then become office space for 44 people in the Western Region office, mainly engineers, clerical, supervisory and safety staff, who will move from the 547 Main St. location in Dixfield to the new quarters.
MDOT purchased the building and about two acres of land, next to Hammond Lumber, for $475,000 in the summer of 2016 with plans to move the office personnel to Wilton.
The MDOT garage and maintenance crew will remain at the present location in Dixfield.
“We will be more centrally located,” Holbrook said. “We’ve waited for this.”
Some design changes and acquiring funding for the renovations held the project up over 2107.
In August of 2016, Norm Haggen, retired regional manager, hoped to acquire the funds for the renovations at the Wilton building from MDOT’s sale of an old fleet service garage in Augusta.
A pre-construction meeting was recently held with contractor, Blane Casey, and Wright-Pierce, an environmental engineering firm.
A stairway and an outside elevator will be installed between the two balconies on the front, he said. The floors have radiant heat which prevents cutting of the floors to install an elevator, he said.
Estimated costs for the work on the building was unavailable, he said.
The 12,000-square-foot building was purchased from Jon and Lois Bubier of Farmington who purchased it in June 2014.
It was built in 2006 by Kelly Dexter and sold to Hammond Lumber in April 2014 as part of the purchase of Dexter Supply.
The building was used mostly for storage until the sale to the Bubiers.
Fastenal, an industrial supply store, moved in to the second floor from the Mt. Blue Shopping Plaza in Farmington in 2014 and then moved out in 2016.