Cumberland council OKs zoning change for former school

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CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a zoning change for the former Drowne Road School property.

The Planning Board last month recommended the change, which moves the property from Rural Residential 1 zoning to the adjacent Village Mixed Use Zone.

The change allows work on the building to proceed without a contract zone.

The project by Bateman Partners of Portland, which would convert the 17,600-square-foot building to senior housing, is the third phase of the Village Green Revitalization Master Plan.

The Planning Board conducted a sketch plan review of that phase last month, and the project will undergo major site plan and subdivision reviews at the board’s Tuesday, Oct. 18, meeting.

That meeting will be held at Town Hall at 7 p.m.

The Planning Board granted major subdivision approval last month to the first phase, a 58-lot housing project in the center of town. Bateman will develop the nearly 41-acre Doane property into a mix of single-family and duplex homes.

The Public Works and school bus facilities would be moved in the second phase. Six single-family and 12 duplex homes would be built in their place, along with a nearly 43,000-square-foot mixed-use building that would house 20 residential rental units and 14,300 square feet of office or retail space.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him in Twitter: @learics.

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.