ROCKLAND, Maine — The regional vocational school board is eyeing a nearly 60-acre parcel on Route 1 in Warren as a potential site to build a new $25.5 million complex.

The Region 8 Cooperative Board voted last month to authorize Lavallee Brensinger Architects to assess the property to determine if the Mid-Coast School of Technology could build a new facility there to serve students from Damariscotta to Islesboro.

Mid-Coast School of Technology Director Beth Fisher said Friday that some of the assessment to be done, such as to determine whether there are vernal pools on the property that will have to be protected, cannot be done until spring.

The 60-acre lot was the only property that met the specifications set by the board for sites other than the current location on Main Street in Rockland. Any new site, among other things, had to be within 10 miles of the Maine State Ferry Terminal in Rockland because there are students from North Haven and Vinalhaven who attend the vocational school and administrators want to keep their travel time down. The lot also had to be centrally located and be large enough for a larger building and parking.

The property being eyed, located across from Scuttlebutt Antiques, is 7 miles from the ferry terminal. The land has 346 feet of frontage along Route 1.

Fisher said the school has not had any conversations with the owner — the heirs of Kenneth Reed. The property is for sale at $299,000, according to the website.

Fisher said the board is looking at holding a referendum in November to gain voter approval for the new school.

Lavallee Brensinger Architects issued a report to the school board in January 2015 that concluded that the current Rockland building was not worth renovating.

“Given the age and condition of the facility, as well as the obstacles that the existing facility poses on the educational delivery, there is very little justification for renovating the facility,” the report stated.

“The building has outlived its usefulness,” Fisher said last year.

The 57,000-square-foot building was built in 1968 as a marine repair shop. The Region 8 Cooperative Board purchased the property in 1976 and the vocational center opened for students in 1977. The property is located on 7 acres and has harbor frontage on the rear of the lot.

The appraisal for the current property where the vocational school is located is between $500,000 and $750,000.

The technology school provides technical and career education for students from Oceanside High School East in Rockland, Oceanside High School West in Thomaston, Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Islesboro and Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta. About 400 students are served both at the facility and in cooperative programs in the sending schools.

The architects stated that a new school also could be built on the existing Rockland site. The board is considering other sites because the current location would not have room for expansion, is not as centrally located, and because the value of the current land could offset the cost of a new complex even with the purchase of the other land included.

At a maximum size of 90,000 square feet, a new school would cost an estimated $25.5 million. The consultants pointed out that building costs would rise as the economy strengthens and that interest rates also are expected to go up, which means the regional cooperative should act soon to set a timeline for the project.