FARMINGTON – Selectmen on Tuesday scheduled a public hearing to discuss designating the Abbott Hill Business Center a Pine Tree Development Zone.

The former MBNA building has been empty since spring. It was purchased this summer by the Greater Franklin Development Corp. The Farmington-based nonprofit hopes to lease the building to a company that will be able to replace some, if not all, of the hundred jobs lost when MBNA closed.

Selectmen scheduled the hearing for Sept. 12, during a regular selectmen’s meeting.

The board voted unanimously to hold a special election in November to serve out the rest of Selectman Mark Cayer’s term. Cayer, who plans to move out of town following a promotion to lieutenant in the Rumford Police Department, resigned earlier this month. There are 18 months left in his term.

Selectmen on Tuesday night also discussed the possibility of holding an information session on the Taxpayers Bill of Rights. Resident Bill McKinley suggested the move, saying he thinks people need to hear the facts before voting.


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