Apartment buildings top list of September building permits



ELLSWORTH — City staff issued 18 building permits in September, about average for this time of year, according to previous figures.

Construction on two apartment complexes — one off the Beechland Road and another on Carriage Way, off the Bucksport Road — was permitted this month.

The Beechland Road is a project of Ruger Properties LLC, one of the companies owned by local builder Jonathan Bates.

Approved by the Ellsworth Planning Board in the spring, the final plans call for 45 units spread between four three-story buildings on Good Stuff Way behind Acadia Provisions and the Global Beverage Warehouse.

The property is zoned for commercial use and served by city water and sewer.

The permit issued this month is for a single one of the buildings, with 12 units. The cost for the project is estimated at around $900,000.

Bates has previously said that the complex, titled Jefferson Luxe Townhomes, will be geared toward professionals, such as those working at the new Jackson Laboratory facility nearby.

The units will be furnished, with a minimum six-month lease.

Over on the Bucksport Road off Carriage Way, Buzzell Rentals received permits to build two six-unit, single-story buildings totaling 11,200 square feet, along with two two-unit storage buildings.

The land is in the urban zone and is estimated to cost $1.1 million. The Planning Board approved the project in early September.

City staff also approved the demolition of the old First National Bank building on High Street last month. An urgent care clinic owned by Convenient MD is slated to open in its place next spring.

In other commercial building news, Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital received permits to undertake a renovation of its pharmacy.

The project is estimated to cost $118,000.

On the residential side, with winter on the way, city staff approved plans for a number of sheds as well as a 1,305-square-foot single-family home slated to be built on Harmony Way for Patrick and Rhonda Jordan.

Kate Cough

Kate Cough

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