Subdivision gets preliminary OK


RUMFORD – Two subdivisions are well on their way to final approval, including one that received preliminary approval at Wednesday’s Planning Board meeting.

Bob Berry, an engineer from Main Land Development Consultants Inc. of Livermore Falls and representative for both projects, said Brian Lavallee of New Hampshire received preliminary approval for a 14-lot subdivision off Andover Road in Rumford Point. Lots will be from 1.5 to four acres on a parcel of about 40 acres.

Final approval is expected as soon as Aug. 1, providing performance bonds are presented to the Planning Board. Berry said Holman Road, where the subdivision is located, will be extended about 1,700 feet to accommodate the lots.

The Scotty Brook subdivision, located on just over 400 acres on Isthmus Road, has nearly all its approvals, including that of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The Army Corps of Engineers must still give its OK, Berry said.

The Planning Board approved the 308-unit project in November. Berry, who has been providing engineering services for the project owned by Lem Cissel of Maryland and Rumford, said negotiations are continuing with the Corps on wetland mitigation issues.

Once that approval is received, plans are to go ahead with road construction.

Cissel plans to build 145 residential units in multi-family buildings, 23 houses in common-land cluster arrangements, 28 houses in small-lot clusters, and the rest on single-family lots ranging from 20,000 square feet to two acres.