Senior housing development eyed in Hancock

HANCOCK — Initial plans are underway for the construction of a 120-home senior housing development on Route 1, about a half-mile west of the Mud Creek Road intersection.

Still in its early stages, the development, called Coastal Estates, was brought before the Planning Board at a May 12 meeting to give the board an introduction and overview of the project. No approvals were granted, and a completed application has not yet been submitted to the board, Chairwoman Katherine Colwell said. 

The project, proposed by SFS Development LLC, which includes Randy Sinclair of Sinclair Development Corp. and Steve Fernald of Statewide Property Management, is being represented by Steve Salsbury of Herrick & Salsbury. 

Homes built on the 85-acre property (that is currently undeveloped) would be for those aged 55 and older, Salsbury told The American.

“We know there is a huge demand for any [type] of housing and this particular development will suit the retirement age population,” he said in an email. “Being age-restricted, there will not be much of a demand on town resources (schools) and the town would have the benefit of 120 new taxpayers,” he added.

Colwell also spoke to the potential benefits from the development. 

“I think we’re [the board] looking forward to [the development],” she said. “It seems like a needed environment in our area.” 

She said building for the senior demographic would help the town’s housing needs and would be an asset “because it doesn’t put a lot of excess burden on our schools and our resources.”

Salsbury explained that the vision for the property is for tenants who might winter out of Maine and still want to maintain a home here. Maintenance for lawns, driveways, roads, a community building and common areas would be done by the developer.

“Those who do leave for extended times will not have to worry about taking care of the outside of their home,” he said. 

Salsbury reported that the project has received permitting from the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) to construct the site’s entrance. He said work has begun to map wetlands and other protected natural resources for the required permitting from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The project also will require Planning Board approval prior to construction.

“I expect a four-month permitting window for our first phase of the project so we can start construction of some of the sites this fall,” Salsbury said. “We plan [on] putting in the entrance road this summer.” 

“Next year we will get the permits for the entire project,” Salsbury added. “It takes that long to permit a large project with the Maine DEP.”

Sinclair said all home sales will be through Sinclair Development Corp. and all site management upon completion will be performed by Statewide Property Management.

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the name of one of the companies involved. It is Statewide Property Management.

Rebecca Alley

Rebecca Alley

Reporter at The Ellsworth American
Rebecca is the Schoodic-area reporter and covers the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Lamoine, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Winter Harbor and Trenton. She lives in Ellsworth with her husband and baby boy who was joyously welcomed in June 2020. Feel free to send tips and story ideas to [email protected]

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