Hearing set on hut, trail

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CARRABASSETT VALLEY – The Planning Board set a public hearing this month for the Western Mountains Foundation’s application for the first hut in a system proposed along a 180-mile recreation-use corridor.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 15, at the town office. It will only address the hut and trail planned for Carrabassett Valley, Code Enforcement Officer Bill Gilmore said Friday.

The 5,300-square-foot hut, which is expected to sleep up to 42 guests and four staff members, is to be built in the Poplar Stream Falls area.

The Planning Board will make a decision on the site review and conditional use applications on Thursday, May 25, Gilmore said.

The entire trail and hut system is expected to run 180 miles from the Bethel area to the Moosehead Lake region.

The $11 million project is expected to take between five to seven years to complete.

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