Next phase in Brunswick Landing project gets initial OK

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BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a sketch plan for the next phase of a significant development near the main entrance of Brunswick Landing. 

The project, proposed by Topsham-based Priority Real Estate Group, includes three new two-story buildings.

A 4,000-square-foot bank and a 10,000-square-foot office building are planned for Bath Road. A 15,000-square-foot building is planned around the corner on Admiral Fitch Drive. A main entrance, off Admiral Fitch, will lead to interconnected parking lots. 

The new buildings are positioned next to a proposed gas station and convenience store granted preliminary approval by the board  in December. 

Both projects are part of a 19-acre development at Brunswick Landing. In an interview in late May, Priority Real Estate owner Jim Howard said the $20 million development would include eight new buildings. 

Town Planner Jeremy Doxsee on Wednesday said there may be a few hiccups with the latest proposal, including the presence of a stream and wetland area near the proposed site.

Since the small watercourse meets the Maine Department of Environmental Protection definition of a stream, the project will require a permit-by-rule from the state for any soil disturbance up to 75 feet away, developers noted in their application to the town. 

Planning Board members also questioned the size of the 195-space parking lot included in the proposal and asked Priority to try to reduce the impervious surface by limiting the spaces, Doxsee said. 

As a sketch plan, the proposal doesn’t include details like a storm-water treatment system for the three lots. Doxsee said he doesn’t expect developers to return to the board with a final site plan for at least two months. 

Peter L. McGuire can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or pmcguire@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter @PeteL_McGuire.

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