Michael Mullins said he initially bid on Hedges Hall at Point Lookout convention center thinking he could "part it out" — take it apart and sell off what he could. Built by credit card giant MBNA over 20 years ago, no expense was spared on the conference, event and wedding venue.

Later, Mullins said, the idea of possibly relocating the building to a different site started to take hold. With an offer of $21,000, Mullins was the high bidder at the Aug. 5 auction where three other buildings and associated contents were sold off at the 387-acre site.

For now, Mullins is seeking a contractor to deconstruct the building into its constituent parts, in order to re-erect the large facility “in a couple of years.”

“Everything would be containerized and stored in a warehouse,” he said. “If we can get it down and into storage, we can start to look for an appropriate site.” He envisions that it will not be easy, but added, “MBNA poured quite a bit into it. Maybe four or five million dollars.”

Currently Mullins is at the stage of identifying a general manager who is "fascinated" with the project, and could lead a team of contractors to disassemble the building.It could take $250,000 to disassemble and move the building, he estimates, but added, “it’s very hard to guess. It will depend on how the bids come in, because this isn’t done every day,” he said. “Yes, we need someone who is up for this kind of challenge.”

Recently, Mullins sent a letter to the town of Camden about possibly relocating the building to a town-owned property at Sagamore Farms near Camden Hills State Park for use as a convention and event center. Development of the 77-acre farm has been discussed by various select boards for more than 16 years and according to a 2011 economic action plan, the land is the largest vacant developable parcel in the town of Camden.

Mullins is no stranger to developing properties. He serves on the board of directors at Mullins Management Co. of Braintree, Massachusetts — a privately held real estate development, management and investment firm.

“It’s a family business, but I am a director only,” he said.

According to Mainebiz, Mullins Management, with annual revenues of $11 million, has focused on redevelopment of Lowell, Massachusetts, mill properties. Mullins also has family ties in Maine.

In 2015, he purchased and restored the former Crockett's Quarry across Maverick Street from the Rockland Golf Club, rebranding the parcel Tennyson Quarry.

The property was transformed into a park-like vacation rental complete with its own beach. “Except for this year,” he said, “I have opened the house for summer weekly rentals, but I live there the rest of the time.” In 2016, Mullins said he became a Maine resident and voted in the election that year. “I have been here since.”

He is also the owner and manager of Cranesport Garage, a former MBNA building on Mount Battie Street in Camden, which he transformed into a business incubator. “Basically I support small businesses,” he said.

DIY Garage and Squire Auto are auto restoration-related groups located there, as well as NuDay Syria, a nonprofit helping women and children from Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.  Earlier this year Mullins also ran the Mid Coast Pop Up Factory there, making masks for area schoolchildren.

Most recently he announced the purchase of 25 Rankin St. in Rockland, which he plans to transform into a museum to be called the Maine Museum of Industry. The museum will include exhibits on major industries that have shaped Maine’s towns, cities and rural landscape.

In a Sept. 21 press release for the Maine Museum of Industry, he said, “I’m passionate about history and historic preservation, and this is a very exciting moment. There aren’t many surviving industrial buildings made of wood from the 1920s or earlier, and to be able to house a museum of industry is such a building in a special opportunity.”

Mullins is also the Republican candidate for the Maine Legislature for House District 93, representing Rockland and Owls Head. He will be on the Nov. 3 ballot along with Democrat Valli Geiger of Rockland.

Speaking on the Hedges Hall project, Mullins said, “I think this will be a fun project. We will have a lot of organizational challenges, but I think it can be done.

“My father asked me, 'Why are you taking that on? It sounds hard.'

“I told him, 'I don’t necessarily do things because they are easy,'” he said. “The path of least resistance would definitely be to just tear it down. I’m not in the salvage business. I didn’t want to see it torn down. I guess I wanted to save it. We’ll see what happens.”