April 20, 2018
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Brewer planners OK recovery club, bounce house

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — Bangor Area Recovery Network, a nonprofit organization that deals with the effects of drug, alcohol and other addictions, gained planning board approval on Monday to open a new gathering place in Brewer.

City planners also approved a new indoor recreation facility and bounce house that will be located in the old Pepsi plant on Wilson street and a home day care, City Planner Linda Johns said Tuesday.

The Bangor Area Recovery Network, nicknamed the B.A.R.N., is planning to open a 2,700-square-foot club in the North Brewer Shopping Center for “membership to hold meetings and activities for persons in recovery,” Johns said.

The nonprofit group once met at Brewer’s Isaac E. Clewley Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4917, but had to find a new home when the facility closed in early 2009 and the Brewer post joined its counterpart in Bangor.

After going more than a year without a gathering place, a B.A.R.N. club opened last summer in Bangor on Hammond Street, and the new Brewer facility will replace that, Shawn Yardley, a B.A.R.N. board member, said Tuesday.

“We outgrew that place in Bangor,” he said.

The new indoor recreation bounce house is scheduled to open at the end of the month, if all goes as planned, Johns said.

“It’s indoor recreation with bounce houses and similar inflatable apparatus for kids,” she said.

The recreation facility is going into the location of the former baseball and softball W.I.N. Training Center, and information about it was presented to the planning board by Sean Thies of CES Inc. of Brewer, Johns said.

“He explained that they were going to utilize a total of 12,200 square feet of space,” Johns said. “The existing 8,200 square feet, the former batting cage — they are going to add an additional 4,000 [square feet] onto it.”

Packaged foods will be sold at the facility and food will be catered for events such as birthday parties, she said.

Larry Springer, who owns the building, was at the planning board meeting and must make some small changes to the parking lot and landscaping to comply with minor conditions tied to the board’s approval, the city planner said.

Miranda Jones also gained approval to open a home day care center at 139 Chamberlain St., Johns said.

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