Judge hears arguments in Wyeth center appeal

By Stephen Betts | Sep 05, 2018
An artist's rendering of Linda Bean's proposed Wyeth Reading Center in St. George.

St. George — A Superior Court judge will issue a ruling in an appeal filed by a group of neighbors who oppose Linda Bean's proposed Wyeth Reading Center.

Attorneys representing the five residents, the town, and Bean argued Tuesday, Sept. 4, before Justice Bruce Mallonee.

Appealing the town's approval of the Wyeth Center are Horse Point Road Group, Robert and Patricia Hughes, Sandra Dickson Coggeshall, Jonathan Coggeshall and Anita Sigenthaler. They are represented by attorney Patrick Mellor of Rockland.

The five residents asked the court to send the matter back to the St. George Planning Board with instructions to consider more thoroughly the safety concerns of neighbors.

The Board of Appeals voted 5-0 Dec. 5 to uphold the Planning Board's Sept. 26, 2017, approval of the project, which has been the subject of numerous meetings since the application was filed June 1, 2017. Those meetings have attracted more than 50 people at times.

The residents filed their appeal in January.

At Tuesday's hearing, Mellor maintained that the Planning Board failed to adequately address the safety issue regarding the amount of traffic that would be generated on the narrow dead-end Horse Point Road.

Mellor said the project would create "a disaster waiting to happen." He said the center would attract a lot of people on a road not equipped to handle that traffic.

The attorney cited the death of a child a few years ago at the Monhegan Boat Line parking lot as an example of what could happen.

Attorney Paul Gibbons, representing Bean, said the record of the Planning Board hearing does not show any significant adverse impact from the project on the neighborhood.

He said there have only been two accidents on the road in 10 years. The center will not attract large crowds and the visitors to the center would visit by appointment.

Mellor also argued that one of the Planning Board members who voted on the project, Michael Jordan, came onto the board after the review began and did not review all the material from those opposed to the project.

Town attorney Amanda Meader said the Planning Board provided extensive due process in its review of the project.

The 1,400-square-foot building would make Wyeth-related magazines and books available to the public for free, and would feature wall panels with historical information..

The center would be located at 20 Horse Point Road, off Route 131. Five parking spaces are planned.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Sep 17, 2018 07:51

what Linda wants Linda gets.  Money talks and the peasants get squashed.  One would think that she would be more careful in Port Clyde to protect her somewhat fragile reputation.  Never cross a fisherman.

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