Bar Harbor supermarket plan prompts moratorium proposal

Posted Feb. 09, 2009, at 2:44 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 10:47 a.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — A proposal from Hannaford Bros. Co. to build a second local supermarket has prompted a member of the local Town Council to suggest a moratorium for large-scale commercial buildings in the neighborhood where the new store would go up.

Residents will have a chance to weigh in on the moratorium idea when the Town Council meets at the town office downtown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10. The moratorium would apply to all proposed non-residential buildings for the Town Hill business district that would be more than 1,000 square feet in size, according to a description of the proposal listed on the Town Council’s Feb. 10 meeting agenda.

Hannaford’s proposal to build the 35,000 square-foot supermarket in the local village of Town Hill also will be the focus of another meeting planned for the following night. The West Eden Village Improvement Society, a Town Hill-based community group, is hosting a design charette for their neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Mount Desert Island High School on Route 233.

According to Anne Krieg, planning director for Bar Harbor, representatives of Hannaford will be at the design meeting to discuss their supermarket proposal. The Wednesday meeting was moved from the VIS hall in Town Hill to the high school because of the large amount of people expected to attend, town officials have said.

Hannaford has said it hopes to build in Town Hill because it is a central location for island residents who now either shop at Hannaford’s smaller store in downtown Bar Harbor, which can be congested during the busy summer season, or at their larger store in Ellsworth, which is about 10 miles away off the island.

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