A former jailer's house and adjacent barn are under contract to be sold to Belfast City Councilor Mike Hurley for $75,000. A closing has been scheduled for June 1.

Hurley said he had been looking for storage for his online sign letter business, Bay City Cargo, and the barn fit the bill. He was less interested in the house, which he said might eventually be renovated as apartments.

"All I cared about was getting that barn," he said.

The house, located at 45 Congress St., is attached in to the original 1887 Waldo County Jail, which is being renovated for county records storage. It served as the sheriff's residence and later the home of the Sheriff's Office until 2010 when the department moved to a new building on the same property.

County commissioners converted that property to condominium ownership in 2016, using the name Congess Street Hill LLC as a way to qualify for grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfields Program that were used to remove lead paint and other toxic building materials from the old Sheriff's Office.

Under the new ownership structure, the L-shaped, three-acre Congress Street Hill property was divided into three units — the jailer's house and barn that are under contract to Hurley, the new Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Agency building, and the county's 911 call center — with county officials holding the majority of seats on the condominium's board of directors.

County Commissioner William Shorey said the jailer's house property was not listed with a real estate agent but there was a sign on the lawn and commissioners received several inquiries.

The closing, scheduled for June 1, would mark the end of a nearly 10-year project to move the Sheriff's Office and sell unused buildings on the in-town property.

The county still owns 100 acres at the end of Little River Drive that in the early 2000s was proposed as the site of a joint courthouse and jail complex. The property has remained in limbo since then, of no obvious use to the county or to private developers. But Shorey said that could change if Nordic Aquafarms builds the $150 million salmon farm it has proposed on land that abuts the county parcel.

"We thought if that much money is being spent, maybe this property would be worth more to someone else," he said.