BELFAST, Maine — A couple with deep Islesboro roots earlier this year purchased more than an acre of undeveloped land in downtown Belfast. It’s the fifth purchase of in-town property they’ve made in recent years.  

Some city officials believe that makes Alex and Kendra Brigham people to watch in terms of potential future development.  

But Earl MacKenzie, agent and property manager for the Brighams, said that the couple is in no rush to figure out what to do with the Washington Street lot.

Any development there will need to include a lot of input from Belfast officials, he said.

“He just really likes Belfast. He wants to see the character stay the same,” MacKenzie said of Alex Brigham. “He doesn’t want to see some big developer come in and really start going crazy. We actually bought some of these out from under developers.”

The Washington Street property was last owned by Diane Bergey and her mother Eunice Palmer, the longtime owner of the Home Supply hardware store who died in 2019. Previously, the vacant space had been home to a blacksmith shop, a car dealership and a coal gasification plant. In 2015, Palmer and Bergey began a demolition and cleanup project on it to make it ready for development to happen one day.