Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:51

Property developers respond to concerns from Bar Harbor residents Featured

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BAR HARBOR -  Some property developers in Bar Harbor are responding after residents sounded off at a Bar Harbor Planning Board public hearing Wednesday night.


Some neighbors expressed concern over Ocean Properties expanding their seasonal hotel worker housing on West Street Extension.


Developers want to expand because it makes more sense to build on property they already own. They are looking to build two more units to allow for ten more people at Acadia Apartments.


A representative with Bar Harbor Resorts, the operating company, said the concerns brought up at the meeting about littering and noise are exaggerated.


Our news team ran a story on responses from residents at the public hearing. You can read that story here.


According to Eben Salvatore, Bar Harbor Resorts' Director of Operations,  a housing manager lives on site with his family and monitors the area.


"Their concerns are understandable, although exaggerated," said Salvatore. "I'm proud of our employees and the way they've behaved over the years and I'm happy that as a developer we've worked extensively with the neighborhood."


He said Ocean Properties worked with the planning board Wednesday night to make sure they were following local zoning ordinances. Some residents had concerns they were allowing seasonal housing in a zone just for low-income, full time residents.


The expansion application will be taken up again at the next Bar Harbor Planning Board meeting on Dec. 19th.

Kelly Mitchell

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Kelly Mitchell joined the news team in March of 2018. She grew up splitting her time between York, ME and Haverhill, MA, but her favorite childhood memories took place along the rocky coast of southern Maine. She's now e...

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