ZBA likely to approve 370-space Scarborough Beach parking lot

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SCARBOROUGH — A new parking lot, picnic area and beach access point at Scarborough Beach came closer to reality Thursday evening.

After a more than six-hour meeting, members of the Zoning Board of Appeals reached consensus on allowing a special exception to the land use ordinance for outdoor recreation on Black Point Road property owned by the Sprague Corp.

The ZBA concluded that 370 parking spaces is appropriate for the proposed location.

Sprague Corp. initially asked for 500 parking spaces for a new grass-and-gravel parking lot. However, neighbors have objected to the proposal, based on potential traffic, noise and odor implications.

The town attorney will now draft a legal finding and the Sprague Corp. will put together an alternate site plan. The ZBA will vote on the findings and new plan at its next meeting, April 13.

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