The town of Lyman is seeking proposals from real estate agencies to enter into a contract with the town to provide services to market and sell the Cousens School property at 382 Goodwins Mills Road. LIZ GOTTHELF/Journal Tribune

LYMAN — The town of Lyman is looking to enlist the help of a real estate agent to sell the former Cousens School property.

The town is seeking proposals from real estate agencies to enter into a contract with the town to provide services to market and sell the Cousens School property at 382 Goodwins Mills Road.

The property, which is just over six acres, is home to the former Cousens School, built in 1937 and extended 30 years later with an addition built in 1967.

The building was last used as a school in 2007, and was acquired by the town from Regional School Unit 57 in 2008 for $22,000.

Though the building has been unused for the past decade, some work has been done in the interim to maintain the building.

About a year ago, the town started moving forward on a voter-approved plan to renovate the building for use as town offices and community space.

The Select Board put a halt to the renovation in May when the design team determined the project would cost at least $125,000 more than the $1.8 million residents had approved.

The property is assessed at $512,000 — $64,000 for the land and $448,000 for the building — according to town records.

Real estate agencies seeking to work with the town on this project must outline in their proposal a process and anticipated timeline that includes how they intend to market the property, inform and update town staff, and address potential issues, conflicts of interest or challenges the town may anticipate in selling the property, according to the bid request documents.

“The Town is interested in a real estate transaction process that is as publicly accessible as possible,” states the request for bids.

The town will collect proposals until Jan. 18 and the bids will be opened at the Jan. 22 Select Board meeting, according to the bid request documents.

Staff Writer Liz Gotthelf can be contacted at 780-9015 or email . [email protected]

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