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In the town of East Baldwin, an abandoned roadside water tower has been transformed into the centerpiece of a new community gathering space.Ian Klepetar and his partner, Montana Morris have spent the past several months turning the property off of Route 113 into a roadside destination, with a pick-your-own vegetable garden, self-serve coffee station and fresh food.“Right now, we’re trying to create a welcoming place on the ground, different amenities, the garden, the pay if forward café,” Klepetar said.“Food for me is my way of connecting people together. It’s something that can cross all sorts of lines of differences among people. We all love food,” Morris said.The venture started last summer when Klepetar came across the tower while riding his bicycle from Burlington, Vermont, to Portland. He stopped and climbed it.“It’s phenomenal. It’s, like, the best view in town,” Klepetar said.Klepetar then found the owner of the property and bought it.They are calling the water tower the people’s perch because anyone is welcome to perch themselves high atop the tower.“The long-term goal is to preserve the tower, and in addition, transform it into something that’s accessible to people, so they can safely climb up,” Klepetar said.Nearly every day Klepetar and Morris put on their safety gear and make the 100-foot climb to the top of the tower.“There’s very few things that we experience in our day-to-day basis that brings us that emotion of like that brings you the chills. Yeah, it’s thrilling,” Klepetar said.It’s a thrill they hope to share with anyone who is willing to accept a one-of-a-kind invitation to a one-of-a-kind perch.“A space inside the water tower where people can hang out, read a book, have a cup of coffee and have an experience like no other in the area,” Klepetar said.Keleptar said people who don’t want to climb the tower are still welcome to stop in. Every Sunday afternoon, they host an ice cream social or salad social.

In the town of East Baldwin, an abandoned roadside water tower has been transformed into the centerpiece of a new community gathering space.

Ian Klepetar and his partner, Montana Morris have spent the past several months turning the property off of Route 113 into a roadside destination, with a pick-your-own vegetable garden, self-serve coffee station and fresh food.

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“Right now, we’re trying to create a welcoming place on the ground, different amenities, the garden, the pay if forward café,” Klepetar said.

“Food for me is my way of connecting people together. It’s something that can cross all sorts of lines of differences among people. We all love food,” Morris said.

The venture started last summer when Klepetar came across the tower while riding his bicycle from Burlington, Vermont, to Portland. He stopped and climbed it.

“It’s phenomenal. It’s, like, the best view in town,” Klepetar said.

Klepetar then found the owner of the property and bought it.

They are calling the water tower the people’s perch because anyone is welcome to perch themselves high atop the tower.

“The long-term goal is to preserve the tower, and in addition, transform it into something that’s accessible to people, so they can safely climb up,” Klepetar said.

Nearly every day Klepetar and Morris put on their safety gear and make the 100-foot climb to the top of the tower.

“There’s very few things that we experience in our day-to-day basis that brings us that emotion of like that brings you the chills. Yeah, it’s thrilling,” Klepetar said.

It’s a thrill they hope to share with anyone who is willing to accept a one-of-a-kind invitation to a one-of-a-kind perch.

“A space inside the water tower where people can hang out, read a book, have a cup of coffee and have an experience like no other in the area,” Klepetar said.

Keleptar said people who don’t want to climb the tower are still welcome to stop in. Every Sunday afternoon, they host an ice cream social or salad social.

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