Almost four months after appearing before the Damariscotta Planning Board to discuss his plans for a commercial project along Main Street, a Portland developer has filed a site plan review application to build three commercial buildings with room for a total of six businesses.
Damariscotta Main Street LLC, the applicant, will appear before the planning board at its next meeting, Monday, Aug. 7, to present a sketch plan for the 11-acre property at 435 Main St., between Hannaford Supermarket and the Lincoln County Rifle Club and across the street from Dunkin’ Donuts and The Penalty Box.
Daniel Catlin, CEO of Commercial Properties Inc., of Portland, and Andrew Sturgeon, director of Maine operations for Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc., originally presented their plans for the property during the board’s meeting April 3.
Catlin is the developer and prospective buyer of the property, according to a purchase-and-sale agreement for the property. Shawn Tobey, also of Hoyle, Tanner & Associates Inc., is the applicant’s authorized representative and the professional engineer of the project, according to the application.
As presented in April, the plan called for the construction of three buildings: a 5,625-square-foot retail/restaurant building, a 3,400-square-foot bank with a drive-thru, and a 22,000-square-foot-building for two retail stores.
The plan submitted to the town this week still contains three buildings, but differs slightly from the previous plan. The new plan calls for a 2,700-square-foot bank with a drive-thru and a 5,525-square-foot building with three retail spaces. The 22,000-square-foot-building for two retail stores remains unchanged.
The development would have approximately 142 parking spaces, including six handicapped spaces. The plan also calls for six bike racks and eight benches.
The landscape plan calls for a variety of plantings along Main Street and within the development.
The plan also calls for the construction of a 5-foot-wide sidewalk along the property’s Main Street boundary, the exact location of which would be coordinated with the town, according to the application.
In addition to the sketch plan, the applicant submitted a purchase-and-sale agreement showing that Catlin has the property under contract. Lincoln Block LLC owns the property. Steven Pierce and Jeffery Pierce signed the agreement as the sellers, according to the purchase-and-sale agreement.
The applicant intends to file an application for a traffic movement permit from the Maine Department of Transportation. State law requires any project that generates 100 or more “passenger car equivalents,” a measurement of traffic impact, at peak operating hours to obtain such a permit.
According to a legal notice of Damariscotta Main Street LLC’s intent to file for a traffic movement permit, the development is expected to open in 2018.
The planning board meeting will take place at the town office at 7 p.m., Monday, Aug. 7.