A Turner couple is continuing their fight against a 36,000-square-foot Hannaford grocery store set to be built in their neighborhood.
Jeffrey Thaler, a lawyer for Susan and Philip Bizier, has filed an appeal with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, claiming a lower court erred when it found the store was in scale with the neighborhood and didn't break back-lot rules.
Any Supreme Court decision will likely take months.
Hannaford's plans call for a grocery store and drive-through pharmacy on a 5.6-acre development at the intersection of Route 4 and Snell Hill Road. Nine homes sit behind the site. If built, Hannaford would be the biggest store in the town of roughly 5,000 people.
Initially, five residents — Angela and Daniel Chabot, Kathryn Woodward and the Biziers — sued to stop the project, saying the development would create unsafe traffic, do too little to buffer itself from nearby homes, break back-lot rules, do too little to preserve nearby wetlands and exceed the scale of construction in nearby developments.
In past court proceedings, lawyers for Hannaford have said that getting site-plan review approval took 10 months and 20 meetings. At the Planning Board’s request, Hannaford reworked its design to be a better fit for the site, with a sloping asphalt roof, shingles, horizontal siding and more buffer.
Hannaford's lawyer did not return a call seeking comment on the appeal to the Supreme Court. It is unclear where the project now stands.