Farmington condo application withdrawn

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FARMINGTON — The Planning Board canceled a public hearing and walk over the proposed site of Riverview Condominiums scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, May 27, after the developer pulled his application.

William Marceau withdrew his plans for building a five-unit condominium behind his Foothills Management and Development office at 223 Main St.

“Our development team is reviewing options,” Marceau said Thursday afternoon.

Plans for the building were altered to accommodate potential problems raised by one neighbor, Christie James, who told the board she was concerned about privacy in her backyard, a historical garden dating back to the 1930s.

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Along with legal counsel, she has hired an independent engineer, he said.

Other neighbors near the downtown site are OK with the project, Marceau added.

Both Marceau and James brought legal representation to the meeting.

The town has consulted with town attorney Frank Underkuffler to ensure everything is done correctly, Code Enforcement Officer Steve Kaiser said. With both parties represented, Underkuffler was engaged to ensure the process is equitable for everyone, he said. 

While town officials and the board deal with town ordinances and zoning, “we’re not lawyers,” Kaiser said.

The proposed nearly 1,900-square-foot building with five, two-bedroom condos was designed for the back portion of the nearly half-acre lot that sits between Main and Front streets.

“There’s a niche and a need in the community,” Marceau previously told the board about the plan for the housing for those ages 55 and older.

abryant@sunjournal.com

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