Planners plan a walk on the public site and an audience on the Woodlands Senior Living project
By Wayne E. Rivet
Due to the size of the project and “of great interest” to the neighbors, the Bridgton Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed Woodlands Senior Living project on North High Street on Monday, May 24 at 5 pm
To get a better idea of the location of the 26,000-square-foot one-story facility, planners will be hosting a site walk on Sunday, May 16 at 3 p.m.The site’s walks are open to the public. There are currently two sidewalks that will allow participants to exit the road and park vehicles on the site.
Civil Engineer Elliot Thayer gave a brief overview of the Elderly Memory Care Facility, which will include 48 beds and space for outpatient services. Thayer noted that the site includes two parcels (lots 80A-80), totaling 19.6 acres, which will be reconfigured. Other notable features:
• The installation will be connected to the municipal water system, but will use an on-site septic tank (located to the left of the entrance aisle) which will include two systems. Thayer noted that the leach field is about 250 feet from a neighbor’s dug well (the minimum is 200 feet). “The soils are all good for the septic tank and the building,” he added.
• Lighting will be fully shielded and an additional buffer zone for trees will be included between the facility and an adjoining residence.
• The parking lot in front of the building will accommodate 20 visitors / guests, while another lot to the west of the facility will have space for 22 employees and ambulatory services. “There will be sufficient parking for employees and a complete overlap of shifts,” Thayer said.
A traffic survey found no problems and a DOT permit to create access from the facility and North High Street (a national road) was obtained.
• Regarding stormwater, Thayer talked about a three-filter ‘under-drain’ approach to use (a DEP stormwater permit is sought), which will also help mitigate the current water flow from the river. property to a neighbor’s land.
• 1,000 gallon propane tanks will be buried at the site, although Thayer plans to determine the exact number since planner Dan Harden only saw one marked in pencil on the sketch plan. Thayer thinks there will be “at least three”.
• There will be two larger ponds with berms on the North High Street side of the project.
Planners suggested that Thayer be ready to answer questions regarding lighting, what steps will be taken during construction to protect the environment, traffic information, among others.
“The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns (at the public hearing,” said Planning Council Chairperson Deb Brusini.
The hearing will take place via Zoom and in person, although Brusini suspects that only five to seven seats will be available for members of the public since the total capacity of the rooms to meet CDC’s spacing guidelines is 15, which includes board members and presenters.
In the other activities of the Planning Council:
Native cultivated of Neptune, a medical marijuana caregiver showcase, has been provisionally approved for operation at 224 Portland Road (in the former Village Donut space next to Mack’s Place).
Owner Jim Neptune told planners the product will be grown (Minot) and packaged off-site. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“When someone comes in, they have to show some ID and a medical card so we can be sure they’re part of the system. We only sell to patients with medical marijuana, ”said Neptune.
Neptune reviewed the operation’s security system with Bridgton Police and discussed additional interior exit signage and the need for a Knox box with the fire chief. As part of the approval (which will be confirmed at the next board meeting), Neptune has been asked to present a map showing that the storefront meets the restriction of a marijuana storefront 1,000 feet from certain facilities, such as schools, licensed daycares, substance abuse treatment centers, athletic fields and safety zones. Another condition is that the signage conforms to city and state ordinances and regulations.