Convenience store at Water & Windsor streets

April 17, 2008 -- Planning Board meets again

April 3, 2008 -- Planning Board conducts Public Hearing....minutes are under "Planning Board"  

January 22, 2008 -- environmental consulting firm holds an outdoor info meeting on the site. They explain the variance application that will be submitted to DEP for underground storage tanks because this site is a mapped sand/gravel aquifer.  A copy can be seen at the Town Office.

Early January 2008 -- RH Foster submits revised plan to MaineDOT for review of proposed traffic movements.  The new plan calls for the 4400 sq. ft store to be placed at an elevation of 26.5 which is about 3 ft. higher than the existing floor of the old theater building (3 story gray building).  Plus it will be placed further away from Windsor St and occupy half the site of the existing brown house behind it on Water St.

July 13, 2007 -- it's likely that any construction will not occur until Spring 2008.  The developer is working with an abutting property owner to gain the necessary property to do the project

June 27, 2007 -- Town receives Traffic Study from engineers Gorrill-Palmer and key findings are:
1) this project will require a DOT Traffic Movement Permit, 2) the additional traffic generated by this project will "have little effect" on the intersection at Water/Windsor, 3) that a left turn lane should be installed on Windsor St by widening the shoulder and having a through lane to keep traffic moving up Windsor St, 4) the existing right only "slip lane" from Windsor to Water should no longer be a "free right turn" but be reconfigured to be a STOP and not a YIELD, and 5) sight distances at the driveways meet requirements.

May 22, 2007 -- DOT receives engineer's Traffic Study and will review and respond to town by end of June. 

May 14, 2007 -- DOT has received nothing to this point

April 4, 2007 at 6:00 PM --
Meeting minutes are here.
MaineDOT and the Planning Board hosted a scoping meeting and public hearing on this proposed facility at the Town Office.  The meeting focused on traffic issues relative to entrances/traffic movements/mitigation options, and safety.  The engineer for RH Foster has 3 weeks to submit his plans and the DOT has up to 120 days to review it.

March 5, 2007 -- developer submitted application for DOT Traffic Movement Permit for DOT review. 

RH Foster has recently submitted a set of plans for a proposed convenience store and gas pumps at the corner of Routes 9 and 226 on the open gravel lot.  The lot is currently owned by the Shepards and consists of the open area plus the multi-story gray apartment building.  The plan is to remove the apartment building and garages and place the store in the same location facing Windsor St.  Four gas pump stations (access on each side) are shown with accesses from both Windsor and Water streets.
This project is in the very preliminary stage and it must be reviewed by the Planning Board and receive the proper permits and conditions from the MaineDOT before anything can be approved.

January 18, 2007-- a representative attended a Planning board meeting and asked some questions relative to the town process.  The Chairman informed him that the Town would take no further action on this request until he had all MaineDOT permits in hand.  In all likelihood, DOT will require a Traffic Movement Permit and entrance permits which will consider traffic volumes, entrance locations, safety, accident history, and necessary traffic controls.