New apartment buildings approved in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board Tuesday authorized final plans for two apartment buildings between Noble Street Street and Station Avenue in the Town Center zoning district.

Approval was granted on 13 conditions, a high-than-usual number that prompted Chairman Charles Frizzle to express frustration and the Board to consider tabling the application. The conditions are based on conversations the applicant needs to have with town staff, agencies, and committees before a buildings permit will be granted.

The Town Council must also vote to dissolve a pedestrian easement on the property.

Ultimately, the board felt comfortable trusting Director of Planning and Development Anna Breinich to resolve pending issues to  a degree of satisfaction that would not alter the board’s approval.

Curt Neufeld, a representative from Sitelines PA and JHR development, was anxious to get board approval so his company can begin construction within the month. He said he didn’t believe the number of pending conditions would forestall a November start date, noting that most were routine letters for various agencies and “not a major hurdle.”

Neufeld has worked on nearly 50 projects in Brunswick over the last decade.

Construction will begin with the demolition of a vacant, two-story building that sits on the 0.43-acre parcel, as well as a parking lot at the site. The street address for the new development will remain 16 Noble St.

Each building will contain a mix of 12, one- and two-bedroom apartments, ranging between 740-970 square feet, and the exterior will adopt traditional New England, brown and white aesthetic paneling.

Unlike the sketch plan the board approved a month ago, the buildings will no longer be conjoined by a one-story building that was intended to store trash. Each apartment will come with a single parking space in a lot adjacent to buildings on the same parcel.

Neufeld said the apartments would sell for market-rate, but would not speculate as to what the cost may be. Similarly, he was wary about estimating when the project would be complete.

However, he said the primary goal in the short term is to get the concrete foundations in before the ground freezes.

Callie Ferguson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Callie on Twitter: @calliecferguson.

Reporter on the Brunswick/Harpswell beat. Proud Bowdoin grad that you can find reporting on municipal, school, and community news, or inside the many coffee and sandwich shops around the Midcoast. Callie can be reached at 207-781-3661 ext. 100.