TURNER — Town leaders plan to continue their review Wednesday of Turner's biggest commercial development in decades, Hannford's proposed 36,000-square-foot supermarket on Route 4.
Such issues as traffic, wetlands, parking, lighting will be addressed by the Planning Board at a meeting scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the town office on Route 117.
"We're there to respond to the range of items required by the town's ordinance," a spokesman for Hannaford said Monday.
The project would be among the biggest ever tackled in the small town. The last one of comparable size happened at the DeCoster egg farm in the 1980s.
The construction site would cover almost eight acres of property, which borders on the Snell Hill Road. Plans call for well drilling, the creation of 161 parking spaces and the installation of a traffic light and turning lane on Route 4.
The store would be comparable in size to Hannaford markets in Winthrop,China and Gray. Lewiston, Auburn and Oxford have larger stores.
The project has drawn criticism from some townspeople, including members of the Turner Village
Preservation Committee, who worry that the character of the town could be tarnished by the project. Petitions have circulated calling for a ban on buildings larger than 15,000 square feet.
The store would also occupy property owned by the Androscoggin Land Trust. A swap of property between Hannaford and the land trust would be used to offset the development.
A public hearing held in early October drew more than 70 people, Turner Town Manager Eva Leavitt said.
The project was announced in May.