News Feature

Blue Hill
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, May 8, 2014
South Street development with unknown use to come before planning board May 12

by Faith DeAmbrose

The Blue Hill Planning Board will hold a public hearing to review an application for a 9,600 square foot commercial building at 28 South Street.

The planning board, at its April meeting, found the application complete, but still does not know what the building will be used for. According to Code Enforcement Officer Judy Jenkins, the person who is building the building will lease it, and a lease for occupancy has yet to be signed by a tenant. Jenkins said the applicant does not have to divulge the intended use of the property as part of the hearing process, nor can the board refuse to approve the project because it does not like the intended use.

During the April meeting, board chairman Peter d’Entremont said he hoped the developer would consider updating the building specifications to make it “more in line with the rest of the buildings on South Street.” A scale drawing of plans will accompany the application.

Also on the agenda, the board will hear from Lauri Fernald of Jordan-Fernald Funeral Home who seeks to convert a downtown space (in the back portion of the former New Cargoes/Partridge Pharmacy building) into their new business space. Fernald was also in attendance at the April board meeting where some board members expressed sharp criticism of Fernald’s plans to hold viewings at the Main Street space because of parking concerns. Fernald said business does not necessitate having the large building on South Street, and it will be put on the market.

Additionally, Carol Ann Cutler will explain her plan for Creature Quarters (formerly in Brooklin), which seeks to move the doggy day care and overnight boarding facility to 187 Ellsworth Road.

Upcoming meeting:

Monday, May 12, 7 p.m., Blue Hill Town Hall.