Construction projects abound as weather warms



ELLSWORTH — Warmer weather has brought construction crews out in force. Here is a roundup of some of the larger construction projects under way or planned across the city:

Atlantic Storage, 124 Bangor Road: Atlantic Landscape Construction is in the midst of preparations for 11 self-storage buildings with a total of 370 units at the former site of the NewLand Nursery on the Bangor Road.

The project is pending a permit from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, said Chad Francis, president of Atlantic Landscape Construction, which owns the 10.05-acre parcels on which the units will be built.

Atlantic Landscape Construction purchased the property, assessed at $347,100, for $240,000 in 2017. The space was the former site of NewLand Nursery. The area is zoned for urban use and the property is served by city water and sewer.

A plan for five residential duplexes on the site is on hold, said Francis, likely until next year. The self-storage units are planned close to the Bangor Road, while the residences and a parking lot were planned to be built farther back on the property, abutting Gilpatrick Stream (also known as Dunham Brook).

“It’s a lot of capital, probably over $3 million for a storage facility,” said Francis, on his decision to wait on the duplexes. “If everything goes well maybe we’ll hit those [the duplexes] next. I’m going to see how things go.”

Beckwith Pines: Foundations have been poured for four two-unit townhouse buildings at the Beckwith Pines development off Route 3, near Beckwith Woods.

Owned and managed by Down East Maine Property Management, the units will each be two bedrooms and go for around $1,325 per month (the final price may change, said Mike Wight, owner of Broughman Builders, which is constructing the units). All will have washer, dryer, dishwasher and microwave along with around 500 square feet of storage space, said Wight, with parking on site.

The project is slated to be completed by August. Applications are being accepted by Down East Property Management Maine, which is in charge of rentals. The area is zoned for commercial use.

Neighbors at Beckwith Woods have raised concerns about maintenance, plowing and aesthetic issues over the years.

High Street, Number 208: Michigan-based developer Alrig USA is seeking tenants for two buildings that will be constructed on the former site of Town Auto.

The spaces, which total 15,081 square feet, according to the group’s website, will house five tenants, four in one building and one in the other, Auto Zone, in the adjacent, 7,381-square-foot space. Aspen Dental is set to occupy the largest, 3,510 square-foot space in the second building. There is a “drive-thru and open patio area opportunity” in the building occupied by Aspen Dental, according to the website.

Oriole Way Workforce Housing, Washington Street: Construction is well under way on the Oriole Way workforce housing development off Washington Street behind Renys.

The project is a joint venture of Manx Development LLC and the Portland-based Developers Collaborative, with the first units slated to be finished by September of 2018.

The final plan calls for a total of 50 units with 24 one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom apartments. Rents will range from $600 to $800 per month.

Kevin Bunker of the Developers Collaborative told The American in an interview in January that the company plans to have 18 units completed by September and construct one building per month after that, finishing up in February of 2019.

The estimated $4.6-million project is partially financed with $763,790 in tax credits from the Maine State Housing Authority as well as a tax increment financing (TIF) plan struck with the city, under which half of the property taxes generated will be returned to the developer and half will be paid to the city.

Surry Road Town Homes, 16 Acorn Way: Six two-bedroom apartments with walkout basements and garages are being constructed as the second phase of Surry Road Town Homes at 16 Acorn Way.

There will be four buildings with a total of 24 units by the time the project is finished, with rents ranging between $1,350 and $1,400 per month. The first phase of the project, six two-bedroom units, was completed last October. Phase II is slated to be completed this fall. C.J.D. LLC, owned by Jesse and Tammy Derr, is managing the project, which is being constructed by J.D. Builders LLC.

In future development plans, Jonathan Bates will present a sketch plan for review by the Planning Board at the board’s meeting on June 6 for apartment buildings at 29 Washington St.

The proposal is for two apartment buildings at 29 Washington St. with a total of 24 units. The buildings would each be three stories.

Bates purchased the property, 0.94 acres assessed at $74,400, for $11,450 in 2016 from Down East Maine Property Management, according to property tax records.

It was transferred to Down East Maine Property Management from Rudy Enterprises II, which bought it in 2011 for $86,600. Bates has also been involved with townhouses on Deane and Washington streets.

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]