Quimby’s Greenwood Pond proposal delayed

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff
Posted Jan. 06, 2011, at 10:34 p.m.

WILLIMANTIC, Maine — Representatives of conservation philanthropist Roxanne Quimby have asked for more time before they present a proposal to the Willimantic Planning Board for a 14- to 15-lot subdivision on Big Greenwood Pond.

The planning board had been expected to review the proposal in December, but Quimby’s land manager, Mark Leathers of the James Sewall Co., requested that it be postponed until Jan. 12.

Cheryl Fairbrother, chairman of the Willimantic Planning Board, said Leathers called this week and has asked for additional time, so the matter has been tabled indefinitely.

“We want to gather more information before we’re ready to talk to the planning board,” Leathers said Thursday. That doesn’t mean Quimby has dropped the project, just that she is refining it, he said.

While Quimby has been criticized because she has terminated leases to camps on remote ponds, Leathers said Big Greenwood Pond is different because it has existing development, electricity and roads, and the town is organized.

“This is a place where these kinds of cabins on lakes belong, and not in the middle of a 20,000-acre reserve,” he said in November. “This is really about the local economy up there.”

Leathers said the property would increase the tax base because the property will be removed from tree growth program.

Leathers said he expects the proposal will be ready in a few months.

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