Tenants of future Waterville arts center building find new homes

When Waterville Community Dental moved out of 93 Main St., Waterville, at the end of December, it was the last of nine tenants to move from the building to make way for a new arts center.

The 64,000-square-foot building, owned by Waterville Creates!, will undergo a renovation that will trim it nearly in half when it becomes the arts center, a collaboration between the arts organization and Colby College.

“When we determined what the plan was for the building, we met with each tenant so they’d have time,” said Shannon Haines, president and CEO of of Waterville Creates!, which owns the building.

That was last year, and tenants were given about a year to move out.

Those moving from the building included relocation and procurement firm Parsifal, Waterville Community Dental, Maine Made & More retail store, WABI TV Channel 5, and nonprofits REM and Hardy Girls Healthy Women. The rehearsal space for Waterville Opera House and several offices for Waterville city government — City Hall is next door — also had to move, as did Waterville Creates!, and its Common Street Arts gallery.

The building’s transformation began three years ago, when Waterville Creates! moved across Castonguay Square from 16 Common St. The organization, which was established in 2014 from Waterville Regional Arts and Community Center, is a nonprofit with partners that include Colby College Museum of Art, Common Street Arts, Maine Film Center, Waterville Opera House and Waterville Public Library.

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