PARIS – The Planning Board expressed concerns Tuesday regarding a proposed condominium complex near the Paris Hill summit, but unanimously found a preapplication for the development complete.

Schiavi Home Development of Oxford submitted the preapplication July 10. Plans for the complex call for seven buildings containing a total of 14 units, each with single floor living space and a one-car garage. The condos are intended for residents ages 55 and older.

The buildings would be along a 600-foot paved road ending in a cul-de-sac. The complex would be located on Mount Mica Road near the intersections of Tremont Street and Christian Ridge Road.

Franca Ainsworth said she was concerned with how the new development would affect traffic and suggested that a study be done on the matter.

“There’s plenty of traffic, and there’s plenty of fast-driving people that drive in that area,” Ainsworth said.

Jean Smart said she had also received concerns about the amount of traffic and speeding in the area.

Robert Kirchherr said he understands the complex would be outside the boundaries of the nearby Paris Hill Historic District. However, Kirchherr said he wanted to know if a nearby screen of trees would be removed as part of the development.

“Right now there’s a pretty clear visual barrier between the historic district and the area to be developed,” Kirchherr said.

He also said the Paris Utility District must still be able to access water lines in the area, and that there may be issues at the site with adequate shoulders and drainage.

Chairman Russ Case said the proposed lowering of a section of road does not appear feasible, according to a letter from Pine Tree Engineering, the town’s road consultant.

Tom Dubois of Main-Land Development Consultants of Livermore Falls said a preliminary plan package will be put together. The preliminary application must be submitted within six months.


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