McDonald’s project faces hurdle

By Lisa Williams Ackley

Staff Writer

The Bridgton Planning Board was informed this week that the formal application for the Mount Henry Brewing Company was not ready for its April 10 meeting.

Executive Assistant Georgiann Fleck said she had received a note from Angela Roux saying just that. However, no mention was made as to whether or not Roux and Robert Prindall would have the application for their proposed microbrewery and taproom at 48 Portland Road ready in time for the board's meeting on May 1.

McDonald's project

Local developer Mark Lopez appeared before the planning board April 10 to present the revised site plan for the McDonald's restaurant project at the corner of Portland Road and Lumberyard Drive, across from Hannaford Supermarket, that incorporates a revision to the drainage system at the site.

The planning board unanimously tentatively approved the proposed revisions to the previously-approved site plan, contingent on approval by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The board will review the formal findings of fact and conclusions of law at its next meeting on May 1, where final approval is expected to take place, as long as the revision passes muster with the DEP.

According to Lopez, the "minor changes" which are pending approval from the DEP, will "add to the amount of wetland compensation in the project; allow for the removal of a concrete wall in the front pond; and provide for the potential of a shared drainage system when the (abutting) Colbath property is developed, which could reduce the wetland impact that the development of the abutting property may have."

Big Macs and fries on the way

A corporate official from McDonald's said, in a statement to The Bridgton News, that the company is moving ahead with its plans to open a restaurant at the Portland Road site.

"McDonald's still is interested in this location and are working out final details," said Nicole DiNoia, Communications Manager for McDonald's USA, LLC Boston Region. "We should have additional information soon," she said.

Mountain Village Subdivision

Ed Rock presented a revision to the Mountain Village Subdivision proposed by Chester and Shirley Homer that would increase phosphorus loading buffering, as recommended by the DEP, at the previously-approved subdivision.

The planning board unanimously tentatively approved the changes in buffering for phosphorus, saying they will review the findings of fact and conclusions of law at their next meeting in May for consideration for final approval.

New building at Bridgton Drive-In

Bridgton Twin Drive-In owner John Tevanian received tentative approval from the planning board Tuesday night to raze the current concession stand and projection building and erect a larger, improved one in the same location.

"We hope to start construction sometime in the late summer, early fall of this year and be completed by opening weekend of the 2012–2013 season," said Tevanian, in his cover letter to the planning board. "Once the new 70-foot by 60-foot concession stand is completed the old building will be demolished, replacing it with viewing spots to help offset the spots lost with the new project. We have been fortunate to be the stewards of this unique business for the last 41 years of its 56-year history, and hopefully with the help of these improvements, we'll be here for decades to come."

Tevanian received unanimous tentative approval from the planning board, contingent on his providing proof of financial capability, and like the other two projects above, final approval is anticipated to take place on May 1.

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