ELLSWORTH — The Planning Board on Oct. 6 found complete an application for a major use site development, namely a concrete plant on Bucksport Road zoned for industrial use. Concerns over noise, lights, traffic and trip estimates, stormwater and property deeds will be addressed at the final application review.
“The applicant is aware of concerns, but that’s for final [application review],” Chairman John Fink said. He continued that the board could not base its findings on the adequacy of the plan, only that the application was complete.
Hughes Bros. Inc. owns and operates a concrete plant in Hampden and wants to have a plant closer to its Hancock County service area, Environmental Manager Janet Hughes told the board. Hughes Bros. operates a rock quarry in Dedham that will supply the aggregate materials needed to manufacture ready-mix concrete in Ellsworth.
As proposed, the plant would be located at 575 Bucksport Road, purchasing approximately 9 acres inside 95 acres owned by McMullen Landscape at 606 Bucksport Road. They would share an access road.
“We need some assurances the two parties have thought about the responsibilities they are going to share and how they will address them long-term,” City Planner Elena Piekut noted, pointing to access, utilities, stormwater and even signage.
“That’s in the ordinance,” she added.
Future plans include a 1,500-square-foot building to enclose hoppers and keep the aggregate material from freezing, if there is enough winter demand for concrete in the area, Hughes said. The building is not included in the current application.
Hughes also assured the board she would address the concerns raised. Hughes has met once with the city Technical Review Team, and another meeting will occur before the Planning Board takes up the final application.
“We don’t feel it’s a lot of work to respond to these [questions],” she said. “We have a site plan that’s ready to go.”
Hughes is a registered engineer who contributed to the professional design, analysis and oversight of the project development. The site plan was prepared by Chip Haskell of Haley Ward Inc.
The project is estimated to cost $800,000, create a minimum of six new jobs and begin construction in November, with the plant start-up scheduled for June of 2022.
The preliminary application and plans are available for public viewing at the Planning Department in City Hall.