Contamination concern constricts Brunswick Landing subdivision

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Tuesday approved final plans for a seven-lot subdivision at Brunswick Landing, although not as it was originally submitted.

The site has three existing structures on seven lots, including Frosty’s and the former police station, which is vacant.

The board on May 27 approved the sketch plan for the seven-lot project on just over nine acres.

For the Oct. 6 meeting, four more lots were scheduled to be added to the final application. They had recently been included in two Findings of Suitability for Transfer from the U.S. Navy to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the applicant.

But according to Planning Director Anna Breinich, the Navy has decided to put an “indefinite hold” on those FOSTS.

Because of the media coverage surrounding the presence of perflourinated chemicals on the former base, a group of chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists as potentially hazardous, the “EPA and Navy felt they wanted a little time to take a look at that,” she said.

MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said the four lots they were looking to include in the subdivision were not impacted by PFC contamination, which officials believe is the result of the past use of a firefighting foam used on the former base.

But, he said, other parcels in the FOST are potentially affected.

“The whole issue of PFCs has really impacted the FOST,” he said. The Navy is taking “a much more cautious look at these things,” he added.

The citizen’s group Brunswick Area Citizens for a Safe Environment are advocating for a base-wide restriction on groundwater extraction to limit exposure to PFCs.

The seven-lot development MRRA is proposing will be hooked up to town sewer and water, according to site engineer Jan Weigman, of Wright-Pierce.

It will also include the construction of a 650-foot long, 260-foot wide private commercial roadway off Orion Street, which will be named Commerce Drive.

The road will utilize a porous asphalt stormwater filtration system. Wiegman said they are working on revisions from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection for the site location stormwater permit.

This subdivision is the second phase of a previously approved 50-lot subdivision located to the north of the parcel.

That much larger subdivision includes the area off Bath Road and the properties along Admiral Fitch Boulevard.

“The majority of the built-up areas in Brunswick Landing are there,” said Levesque on Wednesday. “It’s kind of the heart.”

The Planning Board unanimously approved the final plan application of the second phase of the subdivision.

Walter Wuthmann can  be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Walter on Twitter: @wwuthmann.

Brunswick/Harpswell reporter for The Forecaster. Bowdoin College grad, San Francisco Bay Area native. Follow for municipal, school, community, and environmental news from the Midcoast.