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Proposal to delay building demolition defeated in Winter Harbor

Photo By Jacqueline Weaver

WINTER HARBOR — A proposed ordinance to delay the tear-down of buildings 50 years old or older was defeated 25-9 at Town Meeting June 19.

Voters said the ordinance would impose an undue burden on property owners and have a chilling effect on buyers.

“I’m opposed to telling someone else what they can or can’t do with their buildings,” said Jeff Alley Jr.

The proposed ordinance on tearing down buildings followed an outcry by some residents over the demolition of a gas station on Main Street by Burt’s Bees’ founder Roxanne Quimby.

A spokesman for Quimby said the gas station needed extensive repairs, smelled of oil and gasoline and was deemed not suitable for any other use.

Quimby has permit applications pending to tear down two other buildings she purchased on Main Street.

The ordinance would have allowed the public time to weigh in on the proposed demolition of any building 50 years old or older and possibly come up with an alternative, such as moving the building.

Once a proposed demolition was publicized, the onus would have been on the owner to publicize and host a public meeting should any written objections be submitted to the town.

Ultimately the owner still could have proceeded with the tear down once they obtained their permit.

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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