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Planning Board discusses plan for new building on Colcord Avenue

By Susan Mustapich | Oct 06, 2020
Source: Zoom Video Conferencing The Camden Planning Board met Oct. 1 to discuss a plan for a new building proposed for Colcord Avenue.

Camden — The Planning Board discussed a preapplication for a site plan to build a 3,000 square-foot building on Colcord Avenue, and set a Nov. 19 public hearing for the project.

Mitch McMillen is proposing to purchase the property on Colcord Street if he receives board approval, and construct a building for personal use to store an RV. The building will also contain a commercial office space for rent. He described the concept of the project as making something that will improve the site visually with an attractive building and plantings.

There will be no paved parking. McMillen said nothing would be done within the wetland area besides brush cleanup.

Planning Board Chairwoman Rosie Curtis questioned an architectural element at the top of the building that adds height, when the building is near residential areas. She also questioned other design elements, including a large glass door and square windows. She said she would prefer a Maine barn style structure. She indicated her comments on these features were non-binding, meaning her opinions on design elements have no impact on the board's approval criteria.

Planning and Development Director Jeremy Martin said there is a standard for new structures to be harmonious with surrounding buildings in relation to height and bulk.

Board member Ethan Shaw said that from the perspective of someone who lives in the neighborhood, he sees the building design as interesting and attractive. He noted that in the immediate area are flat-roofed brick buildings and a metal structure. He said the use is going to have a low impact on the neighborhood.

Curtis agreed the use is ideal for the area.

The board talked about drainage and explained to McMillen what is needed on the site plan and then unanimously voted that the site plan has to include proposed and existing topographical and drainage information.

The meeting took place Oct. 1.

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