Preschool proposed for Pleasant Street


NORWAY – Planners and a small crowd at Thursday night’s board meeting learned that a small preschool is proposed for a Pleasant Street home.

During a public hearing, applicant Gretchen Fleming explained how she plans to renovate the house at 21 Pleasant St., converting part of it into the Pave The Way Pre-School, and the other section into a single-family rental apartment.

The plan is to tear down and replace an ell on the cape to house 12 students, two of whom are her twin 3-year-old girls, she said.

A certified teacher, Fleming said the work would be a “definite improvement on what’s there.”

School hours would be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children would be outside playing within the picket-fenced-in yard from 11 a.m. to noon, and for an hour in the afternoon.

Planners had questions about parking space and traffic. A smattering of residents asked a few questions that Fleming promptly answered.

In other business, Greg Fraser, regional manager of Medical Care Development, explained its proposal to renovate and change its building, the old Norway fire station next to WOXO radio station.

Planning Board Chairman Dennis Gray said Fraser would have to file change of use documents because Medical Care Development plans to convert the upstairs into three single-person apartments for adults with mental health needs.

Administrative offices now upstairs would be moved downstairs.

The building is to remain essentially the same, Fraser said, with minor modifications to doors, and the addition in front of a handicap access ramp for wheelchairs.