The rural character of Buxton is about to change further from its farming and mill based past. Joining Hannaford at the intersection of Route 202 and Portland Road is a 5250 square foot retail complex and a 9100 square foot general merchandise store.
Old Port Realty, LLC is building a retail building attached to the Hannaford parking lot. The 5250 square foot building will be configured for three tenants including Dunkin Donuts and two other retail, restaurant, or service businesses. Nobis Engineering, Inc. has proposed the larger, single tenant retail building across Route 202 from Hannaford to contain a Dollar General store.
Much of the discussion at the September 22, 2014 Buxton Planning Board meeting revolved around the additional stormwater management at the site. Mr. Donald Pederzini who owns a hay field and residential property across Portland Road from the site proclaimed strongly “I don’t want an additional drop of water from the development to enter my hay field.” Mr. Pederzini readily admitted that he has always had surface water problems on the property, but does not wish to have the situation made worse by the additional development.
The Dunkin Donuts will have both drive-through and counter service and would probably conduct business between 4:00 am and 10:00 pm. Construction projected to begin in the Spring of 2015. The Planning Board members approved the application unanimously with a restriction limiting business hours to 4:00 am to 11:00 pm. Although the applicant was willing to accept this restriction, it was not clear that the Zoning Ordinances allow the Planning Board to create this restriction.
The proposed Dollar General store could be built on 2.25 acres of a 14 acre lot across from Hannaford and next to the dentist office on Route 202. The 14 acres formerly housed Thompson’s Garage.
An existing driveway permit issued by the Maine Department of Transportation will be used to provide access from Route 202 to the proposed store and to any additional businesses that may build on the remainder of the lot.
At the September 22, 2014 Planning Board Meeting, Nobis Engineering presented plans that included a small water well, septic system, and water retention pond for building and driveway runoff. It plans to meet the Ordinance’s parking space requirements using both paved and grass parking spaces, although it is seeking a waiver from the Planning Board from the restriction on parking in the front of stores.
Fred Farnham observed that many businesses in Buxton utilize parking in front of their buildings and the Planning Board has regularly waived this restriction as allowed in the Zoning Ordinance.
While the front of business parking was discussed at length by the Board, very little was said, by Chris Carroll of the Planning Board, about the plain white box shaped building that is planned for the Dollar General.
Proposed business hours for the Dollar General store are 8:00 am to 10:00 pm. Deliveries will occur by truck once per week and last about two hours.
A site walk for the Dollar General property is scheduled for September 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm. A site walk is a public meeting. Although a property owner has the right to restrict public from entering the property during the site walk, this is a rare occurrence.