Permits issued for Jackson Lab’s second phase

ELLSWORTH — City staff issued a total of 15 building permits between January and February.

The biggest project (both in square footage and cost) permitted was the implementation of the Jackson Laboratory’s new mouse production facility, where the second, $1.25-million phase of the five-phase project is underway.

The organization plans to spend roughly $150 million implementing the first two phases, according to remarks made by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Charles E. Hewett at the August opening.

In January, attorneys for the lab filed suit against Vermont-based contractor PC Construction Co., which was hired to construct the first phase, alleging that its work was defective and behind schedule.

The second phase work is being built-out by Maryland-based contractor Whiting-Turner, according to Katy Longley, who took over Hewett’s position this summer.

In other building news, the High Street Kentucky Fried Chicken is undergoing a remodel, according to permit listings. Steven Fernald received permits to construct a new single-family home on the Nicolin Road for an estimated cost of $300,000. Andrew Leighton is also building a single-family home on Windsor with a porch and deck, also for an estimated $300,000.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

Kate covers the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. She lives in Southwest Harbor and welcomes story tips and ideas. She can be reached at [email protected]

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