Yarmouth proposals would add up to 35 homes, public park

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YARMOUTH — The Planning Board next week will review applications for two major subdivisions.

The board on Feb. 25 will hold public hearings on a housing subdivision between Russell’s Hill Road and Highlands Farm Road, and on at a conceptual sketch plan for a housing subdivision on Sligo Road.

The conceptual sketch plan on Sligo Road is for 26 to 30 single-family homes on just over 35 acres. Each lot will be between 0.5 and 0.75 acres, and the homes will be clustered. The property is situated between Newell Road, West Main Street, and the railroad tracks that intersect Sligo Road.

The application is from Matthew Teare and the development team for Sligo Road Associates LLC, which consists of Rick Licht of Licht Environmental Design LLC, Chris Belanger of Belanger Engineering, and David Haynes, a landscape architect.

The property is in the Medium Density Residential District, and the development design is allowed under the Open Space Residential Development Ordinance.

According to a letter from the applicant to the town planner and the Planning Board, the previous owner tried to sell the land to the town, but the town wasn’t interested. Because the former owner wanted the land to be used by the town as a community space, the developers want to turn a portion of the space into a public park.

There is a 7-acre sand pit on the property that has been used by the community for sledding and skating. The area has also been used by hikers and walkers.

The developers said they plan to “clean up” the sand pit and make it into a park to allow continued public use. They also plan to add a parking lot.

After a traffic engineer studies the area, the applicants also hope to create two roads. One would be an extension of Deacon Road, from Newell Road to Sligo Road, and the other would be a cul de sac within the the subdivision.

The Russell’s Hill Road proposal is for five single-family residences on two lots, totalling 14 acres.

The so-called Patstone subdivision is planned by Todd and Andrea Patstone of 45 Russell’s Hill Road. They are working with Terry Bell Segal of Terrance J. DeWan and Associates, a local architectural landscape firm.

One lot is just over 2 acres of land and is accessible from Russell’s Hill Road. Two houses already exist on the parcel, although one is being demolished. A new home to be constructed on the lot was approved by the Planning Board last year, but has yet to be built. 

The other three houses will be built on the second lot and will be accessible from Highlands Farm Road.

The property is in the Low Density Residential District.

Town planner Vanessa Farr was unavailable to discuss how she expects the two projects will be received.

Kate Gardner can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or kgardner@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @katevgardner.

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Changes planned at Andy’s Handy Store

YARMOUTH — Sean P. Ireland, one of the new owners of Andy’s Handy Store, has submitted a major site plan application to renovate the store.

The Planning Board on Feb. 25 will review the application for a two-phase renovation of the 367 Main St. market. Phase one includes replacing part of the market with a new carriage house for seating and storage. Phase two would renovate the existing convenience store. 

In a letter from Ireland to the Planning Department, the project is described as a “village market/grocer.” It will have an ice cream window and will also serve coffee and baked goods in the morning and pizza later in the day. The carriage house will be a place for community members to “meet and gather.”

The letter indicated the owners want to start on the first phase at the beginning of March, and on the second phase a month later. They expect the entire project to be completed by the end of May.

Andy’s was recently purchased from former owner Matt Williams by Ireland and three partners.

— Kate Gardner

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I'm a reporter for The Forecaster covering Freeport, Yarmouth, Chebeague Island, and Cape Elizabeth. I'm from a small town in NH no one's ever heard of. When not reporting, I can be found eating pasta and reading books, often at the same time.