BAR HARBOR, Maine — Hannaford Bros. Co., which plans to build a new supermarket in the local village of Town Hill, indicated Monday that it 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 MDI High School, the company indicated in a prepared release.
Many Town Hill residents have expressed concern that the supermarket could have an adverse impact on the village’s rural character. The store’s 35,000-square-foot footprint, its potential outdoor lighting plan, and the vehicular traffic it likely will attract all were concerns cited by local residents at a Feb. 11 planning session held at the high school.
Some residents asked the local Town Council to enact a 180-day building moratorium in Town Hill’s business district, but on Feb. 10 the council rejected the proposal by 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 citizens 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 now is located, is directly across Route 102 from Town Hill Market.