DAMARISCOTTA — The Damariscotta Planning Board will take a fourth look at a plan for a commercial development at 435 Main Street at its Dec. 4 regular meeting.
The multi-million dollar development proposal by Commercial Properties, Inc, CEO Daniel Catlin would create a 22,000-square-foot building for retail; a 5,525-square-foot building for smaller retail spaces, and a 2,700-square-foot bank. Last month, the board unanimously voted that the application was complete after multiple meetings and a public hearing.

The proposal got off to a rocky start after a different development on the corner of Main Street and Biscay Road triggered complaints from the public and a referendum vote – obtained via petition – to put a moratorium on all development in town. The project, which constructed a Dollar General and Sherwin-Williams, received multiple waivers from the planning board. The moratorium was eventually voted down earlier in November.

A key point of the proposal, which the planning board needs to decide on, is a waiver request by the applicant for parking in front of the building. Damariscotta’s ordinance requires that any building in the project’s zoning district have all parking placed to the rear. Andrew Sturgeon, representing the developers, said given the building’s location on a busy section of Route 1, the requirement doesn’t fit the project.

The meeting will occur at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, at Damariscotta Town Hall. For more information, visit damariscottame.com