Bait storage facility approved in Warren

By Beth A. Birmingham | Mar 21, 2019
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Land is being cleared on Route 1, just over the Drew Griffith Memorial Bridge between Thomaston and Warren, for a frozen bait storage facility.

Warren — The Warren Planning Board has given the go-ahead for a bait storage facility on Route 1, adjacent to the St. George River.

At its Feb. 14 meeting, the board approved a request by Scott Sullivan and Gerry Cushman for a 60- by 50-foot single-story cold storage building. The facility will house a freezer unit, with space leased to approximately 15 local lobstermen.

According to the application, the bait will be transported in watertight containers to be frozen, there will be no drainage onsite, the northwest side will be screened and a portable toilet will be onsite.

"The primary purpose of the facility is to store frozen bait," a letter to Code Enforcement Officer Melody Sainio states., "However, it is possible that the facility would also be used as temporary storage of fresh fish and agricultural products."

The letter further states that light traffic is expected to include a single part-time employee, a daily semi-truck delivery, and occasional pickups from a local delivery truck and fishermen.

The estimated cost of construction is $400,000.

There will be four on-site parking spots and a loading dock able to support three vehicles. All parking and loading areas will be screened, per Land Use Ordinance requirements.

Normal business hours will be between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., with occasional use after hours.

(Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
A schematic drawing shows a 60- by 50-foot cold storage facility that is now in the process of being built in Warren. (Courtesy of: Warren Town Office)
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