Bath planners approve new Hyde School dorm

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BATH — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved the site plan for a new dormitory at Hyde School.

George Paton, facilities director at Hyde, said demolition of the existing dorm is planned for June. Construction of the new dorm on the site is expected to be finished next January.

The 17,000-square-foot Campus Drive building will replace an existing dorm built in 1975. It will house up to 56 students in 28 rooms and have four faculty apartments. The capacity of the existing dorm is 34 students and two faculty apartments.

The Planning Board tabled Hyde’s request last November, asking for more information about how the private high school would mitigate storm water flow from the new building into the city’s combined sewer system.

The school found that an off-site improvement to connect storm water drainage to a separated storm water system would be the best way to address concerns about overflow drainage. The school and city will work together on the improvements, which will also help Bath fix storm water infrastructure as mandated by the state.

Hyde School will fund the survey, design and engineering of the storm water system. It will also pay for the non-legal costs of obtaining off-site easements, and all materials. Bath will use its staff to build the line and will obtain easements for the line from property owners.

“I think people were pleased with both parties working together like that,” City Planner Andrew Deci said.

The line will run south from the dorm, parallel to High Street, and connect just south of Academy Green to a separated storm drain system that runs along High Street.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.