Hardware Store Is Over The Line

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — A hardware store under construction at the corner of Main Street and Clark Point Road might have been built within the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) right-of-way and could have to be moved, code enforcement officer Donald Lagrange said this week.

Mr. Lagrange said the MDOT informed him that the Main Street exterior wall of the McEachern and Hutchins building is six to eight inches into the state right-of-way. There are two options, Mr. Lagrange said: The building must either be relocated or the owner, Les McEachern, needs to obtain a waiver from the MDOT.

If a waiver were granted, Mr. Lagrange said, that would mean that the project is in violation of the setback requirements established by town ordinance. As a result, a consent agreement between the owner and the town might be required, he said.

The old McEachern and Hutchins building was demolished in November to make way for an 8,100-square-foot store at the same location. Construction is scheduled for completion later this spring.

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