BAR HARBOR, Maine — Hannaford Bros. Co., which plans to build a supermarket in Town Hill, has scheduled a community meeting to discuss the project with Mount Desert Island residents.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the cafeteria at Mount Desert Island High School, the company said Monday.
Some Town Hill residents have expressed concern that the supermarket could hurt the village’s rural character.
The store’s 35,000-square-foot size, its potential outdoor lighting and the traffic it likely will attract all were concerns cited by residents at a Feb. 11 planning session held at the high school.
Some residents asked the Town Council to enact a 180-day building moratorium in Town Hill’s business district, but on Feb. 10 the proposal failed on a 3-3 vote. Council Chairman Ruth Eveland, whose son works for Hannaford, recused herself from the vote.
Residents who wanted the moratorium said the town needs more time to make sure its land-use ordinances are consistent with the town’s recently updated comprehensive plan. Despite the council’s rejection of the moratorium proposal, some residents have said they may pursue a citizen petition to have voters consider the idea at Bar Harbor’s annual town meeting in June.
The supermarket would be built on a 15-acre parcel near the intersection of Route 102 and Knox and Crooked roads. The site, where the Aquarius Artifacts antiques business is located, is directly across Route 102 from Town Hill Market.
The store would be the second supermarket on MDI owned by Hannaford, which also owns a 24,000-square-foot store in downtown Bar Harbor. Hannaford officials have said they plan to keep the downtown store open, regardless of whether they open another store in Town Hill.
Hannaford officials have said the Town Hill supermarket would employ 100 part-time and full-time associates. The store would include a full-service pharmacy and a large selection of natural and organic foods, as well as other typical supermarket departments.
Hannaford, which has not yet submitted a land-use application to the town’s planning department, has indicated it hopes to break ground on the project later this year.