City Council voted to award a demolition contract and approve funding for the project at 101 and 107 Patterson Hill Road at its Feb. 2 meeting.

The city will spend $7,375 from undesignated funds to have lowest bidder Dirt Digger Inc. of Winterport demolish structures on the two properties. Planning and Codes Director Bub Fournier said David Hutchings will retain ownership of the properties, but will pay back the city for all demolition costs. Hutchings did not have the means to pay the demolition costs himself and was open to striking a deal with the city to get it done.

The bids ranged as high as $26,427, which had some councilors questioning why the bid range was so wide. Fournier did not have a clear answer as to the reason for it, but said it happens that way sometimes.

He said Dirt Digger Inc. has a Better Business Bureau AAA rating and has done work in Bangor, Howland, Sanford and Farmingdale. He recommended the lowest bid to save the homeowner money he has to repay and councilors agreed.

Fournier said he discovered the buildings were beyond saving after receiving several complaints in February 2020. There are no windows or doors on the structures, and they present a danger to people who might trespass on the property. He issued an order for the buildings to be demolished last March.

Councilors were willing to work with the property owner so he could retain ownership. Councilor Mary Mortier said at a previous council meeting the area is becoming gentrified.