MBNA plans artificial turf field in Northport

By Lynda Clancy | Apr 19, 2000

Northport — Maine's Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft permit to MBNA to build a recreation field on its Point Lookout conference facility land in Northport. The public has until Thursday at noon to submit written comments on the draft permit to the DEP.

The draft permit also approves the construction of a 32-vehicle parking lot, access road, rest rooms, and the field, on 4.5 acres of wooded slope.

The 240-by-400 soccer field requires blasting ledge on the site, near the company's fitness center on the lower part of Ducktrap Mountain, close to Route 1.

The $750,000 field will be topped with artificial turf, which is "deliberately designed and installed to promote rapid infiltration of precipitation," according to the draft permit. That turf has a higher infiltration rate than the native soils being replaced.

Runoff from the site will not increase because the site will be flattened from a 10 percent grade to a 1 percent grade. "Therefore, the speed at which runoff collects and leaves the post-development site is substantially less than that in the predevelopment condition," according to the draft permit, which says the project will impact 19,910 square feet of forested wetlands.

According to Judy Gates, the DEP project manager, her agency has received three letters expressing concern about project, all of them citing a basic concern about the cumulative impact of the project on the surrounding area. This particular MBNA project does not fall in the area's deeryard management area, which has been at the root of recent controversy over other developments on the Ducktrap land.

Gates said MBNA intends the field to be a community resource, as well as used for the company's soccer programs.

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