News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, April 17, 2014
Proposed use not identified
Blue Hill South St. development comes back to planning board

Blue Hill Planning Board members Charles and Walsh

Blue Hill, Maine planning board members Ken Charles and Susan Walsh review plans for a proposed South Street development at the April 15, 2014 board meeting

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by Faith DeAmbrose

HILL—A project initially passed by the Blue Hill Planning Board in 2012 has come back after its permit expired.

A development, similar to “other projects done by the same developer,” said surveyor Oscar Emerson, was again proposed to the planning board at its April 14 meeting. Board members found the initial application from developer David St. Germain complete, and it will come back before the board in May for a public hearing.

When it comes back in May, planning board members said they will want more information on “use, signage and landscaping.”

The reason a use, or in other words, a tenant, has not been identified, said Code Enforcement Officer Judy Jenkins, is that the developer does not have a signed lease for the property. The planning board, she said, can ask what the specific use is, but the applicant is not obligated to tell the board. The board also can not legally hold up the application because it disagrees with the intended use.

Emerson, of Down to Earth Land Services, said the project, but for a few minor tweaks, was “the same” project proposed in January 2012. He showed photographs of “a similar” building, describing it as having a “dormer roof line…with shake-style vinyl shingles on top and horizontal vinyl siding.” The building was grey in color.

Planning board chairman Peter d’Entremont asked Emerson whether or not the owner would consider altering the style to blend in better with other buildings in the area. “This looks different than the other buildings in town. It makes an attempt of a similar nature, but I would want to see something more in line,” with other nearby buildings, d’Entremont said.

Emerson said his client was “sensitive to the town.”

The building will be roughly 9,600 square feet and is just under 25 feet tall. It will have 28 parking spaces in its lot, “a number based on the experience of the developer,” said Emerson, adding that construction would begin in the summer “and last the better part of the year.”

After sorting through the town’s site plan review requirements, the board found the application complete and set a hearing date of May 12.

Next planning board meeting:

Monday, May 12, 7 p.m., town hall