Judge lifts stop-work order on housing project in Berwick

By Amanda Beland, Foster's Daily Democrat
Posted April 24, 2012, at 6:16 a.m.

BERWICK, Maine — A York County Superior Court judge on Friday approved a temporary restraining order requested by Sullivan School Associates LP (Bateman Partners LLC) against the town of Berwick.

The order llifted the stop work order placed on the affordable housing project at the former Sullivan Street school project on April 2 by Berwick Code Enforcement Officer Jim Webster.

Nathan Bateman, the vice president of Bateman Partners, said the order was granted in part because of an agreement made between representation for Bateman and the judge in which Bateman agreed to continue construction on the “historic” part of the building and leave the addition alone until the Portland-based developer has met with either the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Board and had a discussion on the next steps of construction in the addition.

If a resolution can come from either of the boards, then further legal action in the continuation of the injunction would not be necessary,

Bateman said it was his personal belief that the project being completed by his company is a good one and they as Bateman Partners were completing everything in line with what was approved by the town.

He said everyone was fine with the project until eight months ago when “a group of people” decided they didn’t want the project anymore.

Bateman said the company is hoping to “mend hurt feelings” with a discussion with either of the boards. Bateman said this was the first time in his 15 years with the company that he has experienced a situation such as the one occurring in Berwick.

It is unclear when the Planning Board or the Zoning Board of Appeals will meet. Last week, Planning Coordinator Joan Michaud said the Board of Appeals meets on an as-needed basis on Wednesdays.

(c)2012 the Foster’s Daily Democrat (Dover, N.H.)

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