June 18, 2018
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Subdivision could mean more home lots for sale on Green Lake

Linda Coan O'Kresik| BDN
Linda Coan O'Kresik| BDN
Roy Allen II, president of Allen's Blue Berry Freezer.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — The owner of two huge pieces of land at the southeast end of Green Lake has a plan to divide his property, creating 14 new home-sized lots at the scenic lake.

Roy Allen II, CEO of Allen’s Blueberry Freezer, has submitted an application for subdivision of his two properties accessible by a dirt timber road that branches off Mariaville Road. The two lots consist of more than 540 acres, and the subdivided lakefront properties — dubbed “Nevell’s Shore” — would be between 1.7 and 4.7 acres in size.

Much of Ellsworth’s shorefront property on Green Lake has been subdivided and sold off over the years, either for seasonal camps or rustic year-round cottages. The southern stretch owned by the Allen family is one of the large, intact properties with lakeside access, said Elena Piekut, Ellsworth’s assistant city planner.

“This is basically a step toward developing one of the only [Ellsworth] shorelines on the lake that isn’t yet subdivided,” she said.

Tom Nelson of the Bangor-based forest management company Prentiss & Carlisle is Allen’s agent on the process. He said the Allens, who own huge tracts of land from Downeast to Augusta, have harvested timber on the site for years.

The shorefront isn’t particularly valuable for timber harvesting, and breaking it into smaller sellable pieces made good sense, he said. After all, he said, even if the housing market is still soft, lakefront property in rural Hancock County is still a safe bet.

“This is a limited commodity,” he said. “Where are you gonna find undeveloped lots in Green Lake? … There are several folks out there already interested in these lots.”

Nelson said Allen plans to sell the properties outright to private owners for seasonal or year-round homes. An abutting vacant 1.6 acre lot has an assessed value of $119,200, according to City Assessor records.

The proposed subdivision would be accessed by an existing timber road, which is proposed to remain a private byway. Allen isn’t seeking access to any city infrastructure, indicating that each lot will be serviced by its own well and septic system.

The Planning Board will meet with Allen or his representative for subdivision review on Sept. 5. The city will notify neighboring property owners of the proposal and solicit their input.

Follow Mario Moretto on Twitter at @riocarmine.

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