An architect’s rendering of the proposed duplexes and storage units on the former site of NewLand Nursery & Landscaping. The four duplexes (above right) would be set back on the property. The 11 storage units are planned closer to the Bangor Road, where NewLand, which relocated to Hancock, once stored mulch and materials. ATLANTIC LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION

Busy February ahead for city Planning Board



ELLSWORTH — A plan for residential and self-storage units on the former New Land Nursery & Landscaping lot is moving forward.

Atlantic Landscape Construction, which purchased the 9.5-acre site on the Bangor Road in June of 2017, will appear before the Planning Board on Feb. 7 for a public hearing and to determine if its application is complete.

The plan has been updated since it was first submitted to the city in October. Six storage units have been added, bringing the total on the property to 11. The proposal for four duplexes with two units in each building has not changed.

The self-storage units are planned close to the Bangor Road, while the residences and a 16-car parking lot would be built farther back on the property, abutting Gilpatrick Stream (also known as Dunham Brook).

The property is served by city water and sewer. Several buildings on the property will be taken down, but the existing building near the road will be repurposed as a management office.

Another housing project, Beckwith Pines, also will come before the Planning Board for modifications. The original proposal by Down East Maine Property Management was for two four-unit apartment buildings. The new proposal calls instead for four buildings of two units each. The project was stalled until city councilors voted last month to approve an exemption to a sewer ordinance that has allowed the plan to go forward.

The developers of the project, which was the subject of some unease when it was introduced in 2012, participated in a neighborhood meeting in December to hear residents’ concerns.

The gathering was aimed at addressing “questions outside the framework” of a Planning Board meeting that are nonetheless important, said City Planner Michele Gagnon.

“Housing has been at a premium in the city for the past year,” Gagnon said, “and with density comes more possible friction points.”

Gagnon said the city makes an effort to address residents’ concerns, but that Planning Board meetings are often focused on the gritty details of zoning and ordinances. This is where such meetings can play an important role.

“We are cognizant of working more closely with neighbors to make sure that uses of a different nature remain compatible,” Gagnon said.

The board also will discuss amendments to a planned retail center on the current site of Town Auto. The proposal by Ellsworth Retail Management, LLC includes two commercial buildings, one with four units and one single unit, 7,381-square-foot space.

The single building will be occupied by Auto Zone, and Aspen Dental will move into the largest, 3,510-square-foot space in the adjacent building. Tenants have not yet been confirmed for the three other spots. The project was first introduced to the city last April by Ellsworth Associates, LLC.

The board also will hold a public hearing and evaluate a proposal to remove the carriage barn and caretaker’s house at the Woodlawn Museum and Visitor Center and to build a new, 8,000-square-foot visitor center and expanded 700-square-foot workshop.

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