I read with interest the two articles about “The Center” building in Waterville. We have been tenants in that building since February 2013, and while the building is old and lacked ongoing maintenance, Nate Ruby is doing an excellent job of trying to remedy those issues.

We found him to be very responsive, and renting space in that building was an opportunity for us to open a practice that has now expanded into larger space. The building was losing a lot of money every year while charging rents that are still very low and more than fair when compared to all other spaces in Waterville.

I respect the nonprofit organizations in that building and the great work that they do, but unfortunately the building has to pay for itself. We knew what the financial status was and that rent changes were coming.

I would recommend to anyone looking for good space at an extremely fair rate to consider that building. Nate Ruby has consistently participated in projects to develop the downtown area and is working hard to turn that building around.

I was very disappointed that the story on The Center was so biased. In our interview with the paper, we said rent increases were fair and that Nate had been doing a very good job, but those positive comments were missing from the article, focusing on the negative rather than the big picture.

The biggest issue was the parking situation. The parking situation is poor and tickets are distributed inequitably. Ticketing for two-hour parking violations seems to be done on Main Street and the two closest parking lots but not behind other buildings in non-star spaces. We have clients that come for services with young children and street safety issues were very problematic.

Cindy Spence


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