The homeowners of the previous Wiscasset Major Faculty are exploring the potential redevelopment of the property as workforce housing and a reminiscence care facility.
The Wiscasset Planning Board heard from the homeowners Monday, Dec. 9.
Stephen Barndollar, certainly one of 4 companions within the growth group that owns the 146 Gardiner Street property, introduced a proposal to develop 36-46 one- and two-bedroom flats and a reminiscence care facility.
He instructed the planning board the presentation was not an utility, however an effort to start out an off-the-cuff dialogue on what they wish to do with the property.
Barndollar stated the group performed a market research to find out the best want within the space. The reply was rental housing.
Board Chair Karl Olson and different board members instructed Barndollar they wish to see the property redeveloped. Nonetheless, city zoning requires 20,000 sq. ft of land for every dwelling unit and the 11.6-acre property isn’t massive sufficient for the variety of items they wish to create.
Jon Williams, one other associate within the group and a Westport Island resident, requested the planning board for recommendations on what the homeowners might do with the property and what the planning board would help.
Olson stated the board couldn’t present such recommendation. “We’ve no utility to approve or deny,” he stated.
Olson advised that the homeowners discuss with City Supervisor John O’Connell a few zoning modification to permit for the redevelopment as introduced.
Olson stated the selectmen must approve any proposal to amend the ordinance, then direct the ordinance assessment committee to draft the modification. As soon as prepared, the modification would require a vote of the townspeople.
Throughout a phone interview the following day, Barndollar stated the companions plan to maneuver ahead with the redevelopment of the property if they’ll work one thing out with the city and if they’ve the help of the townspeople.
Barndollar, of Portsmouth, N.H., wish to hear from residents about what they wish to see on the location. To make a suggestion, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event group, JSJ Holdings LLC, purchased the property from the city for $505,000 in January 2017. Barndollar is the managing shareholder within the firm.
JSJ Holdings initially examined plans to transform the constructing into 20-25 one- or two-bedroom flats for senior or basic housing, or each.
The property was listed on the market once more in August 2018. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, it didn’t present up in listings of actual property on the market in Wiscasset.
The varsity closed in 2015.
Barn Home Grill
The planning board accepted as full a web site plan assessment utility for a brand new restaurant and bar within the former Simpson’s Ocean Recent Seafood constructing at 690 Tub Street.
A web site stroll will happen at midday, Monday, Dec. 16, with a public listening to at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23.
Michael Collins, Daniel Dyer, and Dana Lengthy plan to renovate the constructing and open the Barn Home Grill, which can serve American and Mexican meals.
The planning board tabled a web site plan assessment utility from Christopher Juntura for a brewery and tasting room on the former location of Bare Leather-based, 568 Tub Street. The applicant is ready for a letter from the Maine State Fireplace Marshal’s Workplace.
Historic preservation ordinance
The planning board will maintain a public listening to on proposed amendments to the historic preservation ordinance at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 23.