Thomaston subdivisions in different stages

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 22, 2013
A preliminary sketch of a proposed subdivision off Brooklyn Heights Road in Thomaston.

Thomaston — Two proposed subdivisions for different sections of town are in dissimilar stages of completion. One has the green light to move forward, the other is "permanently on hold," according to Assessors' Agent David Martucci.

Last week the planning board accepted the preliminary subdivision plan for a property at 26 Brooklyn Heights Road at the corner of Bobolink Lane — with one caveat.

The town ordinance requires subdivisions to include sidewalks, yet the location of the lots makes the law seem superfluous. "It would be the sidewalk to nowhere," said Martucci.

Martucci said the agent for landowner, Bill Bird, J&D Engineering & Surveying of Waldoboro, may choose to donate money to the sidewalk maintenance reserve account in lieu of building sidewalks.

Residential dwellings, Greenfield Apartments, currently exist on the property. The lot is a rural-residential zone and the subdivision would exist behind the apartment complex, adding three lots.

A final plan is expected in mid-February.

Another proposed subdivision — Granite Gardens, a trailer park off Clark Street — has been put on hold, according to Martucci. Joe LaBranche, applicant and agent for landowner Paul Wilson, sent a letter to the town, saying Wilson will not move forward with plans.

The original plan was designed to include four trailer lots built in phase 1 with an expansion of five more units in Pphase 2, totaling nine lots. According to the subdivision application, 3.5 acres would have been developed.

Martucci said they have six months to continue with the application or else will have to start the process from scratch.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at

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