I’m writing in regard to the Maine Department of Transportation road project on Route 117. There has been absolutely no regard for land and property owners, from the very first visit by MDOT officials to the ongoing circumstances of driving to and from a person’s property. They truly do not go out of their way to be helpful.
The project has totally encroached on the Chase family homestead in Chase’s Mills. That house was built in 1820 and is still standing, despite the road project. Looks may be deceiving, but a building mover from the Gardiner area has already inspected the home in preparation for a safe and successful move of approximately 200 feet straight back into an open field, with no obstacles found too tough to conquer.
It’s obvious this homestead is in the way of MDOT, so why not move it? Without the old, yellow homestead, there will be no Chase’s Mills.
Paula Chase Burgess, Turner