About 70 people attended Ellsworth’s planning board meeting Wednesday night to listen to or comment on a 10 unit condominium project on Parcher Street. City Planner Michelle Gagnon tells Star 97.7, the board will continue to hear public testimony at their January meeting. She says about 16 people signed up to comment with about a dozen speaking and some giving their spots away because they felt their point had been made. The meeting ran until about 10:30pm.
Citizens that live on Parcher Street have vocally opposed the project in letters to the editor, commentary at the meeting, and on social media. They claim condo units are undesirable and if the unit were filled it would instantly double the neighborhood’s population, among other concerns.
Gagnon says the planning board’s “decision is bound by what the regulations are. They’ve reviewed the project for completeness, make sure that all the material that needed be submitted has been. So they have all the information they need to understand the project. Their next step is to make judgement on the quality of the information provided to see if it performs to the standards written in the ordinance.”
The planning committee will meet on Wednesday January 6 at 7pm to continue their considerations.