Fox Hill opens doors for tour, continues repairs
Camden — The nearly 14-acre property that comprises Fox Hill on Bay View Street in Camden was opened to the media and planning board Sept. 18.
The planning board was invited to visit the property for a site walk prior to its Sept. 19 meeting to further discuss a special exception to Coastal Residential zoning to allow an alcohol and substance abuse treatment center. About three dozen members of the public also toured the property.
H. Thompson Rodman, one of two dozen investors in Fox Hill Real Estate LLC, guided a tour through more than 65,000-square-feet of buildings, pointing out various features that could be incorporated into the proposed alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation facility on the property.
Currently, crews are working to make repairs to leaking ceilings and replacing rotted wooden window casements to prevent further damage, Rodman said, noting the property has not been occupied since 2009. Thus far, there have been no major structural surprises, he said.
Existing features such as the pool room, arcade, bowling alley, yoga studio, hair salon and movie theater need little maintenance, according to Rodman, and other areas for art therapy, a workout room and a woodworking studio are available.
If the treatment facility moves forward, each patient will have a private room and bathroom, in addition to access to common areas of the main house and outbuildings, Rodman said.
The site walk was organized to allow planning board members to see the property that has been under discussion for several months. At the Sept. 19 planning board meeting, the ongoing discussion of language for the special exception is planned. Public comment will not be taken.
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Stephanie has served as editor of Camden Herald since its return in April 2012.
Previously, she was editor of VillageSoup's Capital Weekly in Augusta and has worked a number of years in the newspaper business from southern Maine to Waldo County.
Outside the office, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening.
Stephanie lives in Washington with her husband Jeff, four children, a dog named Chewbacca, a rabbit and two chickens.