JAY – The Planning Board on Tuesday will consider a shoreland zoning permit application for Clark’s Cars & Parts at the site of the former Otis Mill paper mill on Mill Street.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. July 14 at the Town Office.

MAC Development LLC, the new owner of the former Otis Ventures LLC mill property, has formal intentions to lease a 4-acre parcel to Clark’s Cars & Parts, doing business as Riverside Scrap, at the north end of the property. The lot is 173,906 square feet. It is not part of the 100-year flood plain, the application states.

The proposal is for a scrap metal recycling and storage facility. The site will serve as an export/shipping location for all Clark’s locations, according to the permit application.

The intent is to install two concrete storage slabs and extend the rail line into the property for use. There are also plans to use an existing building for material storage.

John Clark III of Farmingdale is a principal in MAC Development LLC, and is also the owner of several scrap-metal recycling companies, including Clark’s Cars & Parts. MAC Development bought the mill property in April.


The shoreland zoning permit is required because some of the operation will be within the 250-foot shoreland zoning setback from the Androscoggin River.

If the Planning Board grants a shoreland zoning permit, the business project will go before the Board of Selectpersons for a junkyard, automobile graveyard, automobile recycling business permit July 27.

According to a proposed land use sheet in the permit package, Clark’s family of recycling facilities maintains a sole purpose of recycling metal of all varieties. Materials that can be expected to be delivered into the facility include but are not limited to: cars, household metal (washers, dryers, lawn mowers, etc.), lead acid batteries, copper materials, aluminum goods, stainless steel, heavy iron, brass and other nonferrous materials. Clark’s does not take any hazardous material at any of its locations and will continue to maintain that practice, it states.

The intended hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The equipment expected to remain on site for day-to-day operations are a mobile crane, front-end loader, forklift, a mobile baler and tracked excavator with bucket and shear head.

The company is proposing a fuel tank on site for refueling equipment. The tank will house off-road diesel fuel. Proposed is a 275-gallon fuel tank in a concrete containment unit.

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