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Eyesore inn greets ferry passengers in Yarmouth

YARMOUTH - First impressions count.

While the newly painted and restored properties on Yarmouth’s Main Street are a pretty sight, thousands of passengers passing through Yarmouth’s ferry terminal are faced with a much more dismal view.

What foot traffic going up Forest Street to the Visitor Information Centre sees at the former Colony Harbour Inn.

The Colony Harbour Inn has been vacant and deteriorating for the past six years. Rodd Hotels and Resorts shut down the 65-room hotel in 2011, citing the loss of the ferry service between Yarmouth and Maine. The inn had been in operation for 40 years.

The property is a desolate sight now, with gutters full of plant growth and feathers, rotting sills and casings, weed-filled gardens, cracked windows and peeling paint.

The assessed value of the property has plummeted from $1,720,000 in 2008 to $217,600 in 2017.

This spring, some of the furniture from the rooms was donated to SHYFT Youth Services, which provides services and assistance to homeless and at-risk youth.

Rodd Hotels and Resorts president and CEO Mark Rodd said at that time the company was looking at a number of different options for the property. He repeated those options when contacted in late August.

“I know the situation at the Rodd Colony and I can’t give too much detail, but there have been some plans in the works for that property.

Rotting window casings on the side of the building.

“There are a number of options that we have. One is a possible sale of the property, two is possibly us reopening the property.”

He acknowledged the worsening appearance of the building and said he planned a visit to Yarmouth later in September, when he would be looking at what could be done to “spruce the property up and make it look a lot more presentable.”

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