Port Security Building at Pier Underutilized


The Bar Harbor Port Security Building was designed by Ellsworth-based Design Group Collaborative. PHOTO COURTESY OF DESIGN GROUP COLLABORATIVE 


By Samuel Shepherd

BAR HARBOR — The four-year-old Port Security Building is fully operational, officials said, but is not being used “to its full potential.”

The building was built in 2013. The $600,000 cost was funded largely by a 2009 grant from the United States Department of Homeland Security and $127,000 in cruise ship fees from Bar Harbor.

The building has three offices. When it was designed, the plan was for them to be used by Harbormaster Charles Phippen, Lt. David Kerns and former Police Chief Nate Young.

When the building was completed, Young moved his office from the Firefly Lane building. When current chief James Willis took over the next year, he moved his office back to the main building.

“I wanted to be in the building with the officers,” Willis said. “Being down there just wasn’t as connected [to the rest of the force.]”  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE