City Planning Board Considers Senior Housing Proposal

ELLSWORTH — Neighbors of a proposed 26-unit senior housing development shared their concerns about the project during a Planning Board meeting Sept. 7.

The board did a preliminary plan review of the project proposed by Penquis Development Inc., which is a subsidiary of the Penobscot Community Action Program.

A representative of CES Inc., a Brewer engineering firm, representing Penquis explained that one parcel belongs to the city of Ellsworth and the other to Jones Real Estate.

A two-story rental house on the property, which is at the corner of Wood Street and Shore Road, would be torn down to make room for the one-story senior apartments.

About 10 residents attended the hearing, but just two spoke to the board about their concerns the project would have on the neighborhood’s character and natural environment.

Mike Benjamin, who lives diagonally across from the site, said the woods proposed for the apartments have been wooded for 100 years.

“This is a natural resource that’s right in the heart of the city,” Benjamin said. “It’s an area used by all kinds of wildlife.”

Benjamin said he would like to see the city conduct a traffic study for the area, not just in light of the senior development but also for the proposed park on the former Knowlton School property and the new Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.

Third Street resident Don Herrington said his main concern with the project was the potential storm water runoff.

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Jennifer Osborn

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