NORWAY – The 145-year-old C.B. Cummings mill will be pulled down starting in January by Environ Services Inc. of Gorham, according to Western Maine Development Vice President Marcy Boughter.

Boughter said she received 10 bids from companies seeking $197,000 to $1 million to get rid of the buildings and some cement paths at the vacant dowel mill site. Environ offered the lowest bid.

The demolition will begin the first of the year and continue for three months, Boughter said. Some of the rubble will be used to fill in gaps.

The work will overlap with the removal of asbestos at the mill, which is being funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant for $68,000.

The Growth Council of Oxford Hills, of which Western Maine Development is a subsidiary, purchased the mill in 2003 and sold it recently for $300,000 to Norway Properties, which is a for-profit entity backed in part by the Libra Foundation of Portland.

Libra plans to build residential and commercial spaces and present those plans to Norway officials this month.

The mill, which at one time employed 200 workers, closed in 2002.

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