HOLDEN, Maine — The owners of Big Bang Boom Fireworks Co. gained planning board approval Wednesday night for the town’s first fireworks store, and are already scheduled to go before the Town Council on Monday for a municipal permit, required before they can open.
Bangor residents Sean and Virginia MacMillian are renovating the former Gillie’s Truck Caps building and property at 820 Main Road for the 5,000-square-foot retail fireworks store.
The site will be paved on Friday and that is the day the sign also is scheduled to arrive, Sean MacMillian said after the meeting.
“Things are going along pretty good,” he said.
Planners held a public hearing before they voted and no one from the public, which included Town Councilor Robert Harvey and two others presenting another project, made any comments.
“This is easy,” Chairman Jeffrey McBurnie said just before closing the public hearing.
Another public hearing, hosted by the Town Council, is planned for 6 p.m. Monday and is required before town leaders consider the municipal permit request, Town Manager John Butts said last month.
Holden allows fireworks, but requires those who want to sell them to get a municipal permit, he explained.
Butts gave town councilors an overview of the project in October and the MacMillians also introduced themselves and were available to answer questions.
Planners approved four waivers for the MacMillians’ project last month, and asked them to provide some additional information covering the septic system, storm water management, outside lighting and sign design, as well as wetland and endangered species identification for phase two.
To ensure the project moved forward, Town Planner Steve Condon suggested planners approve phase one of the project and hold another public hearing and site plan review of phase two, the disc golf portion of the project, at next month’s meeting.
“He wanted to get open later this month,” Condon said, explaining his suggestion.
Planning board member Malcolm Coulter Jr. made a motion to approve the fireworks store and the rest of the panel unanimously agreed.
MacMillian, who owns the construction business MacMillian Excavation, was wearing a green Big Bang Boom Fireworks T-shirt under his suit jacket during Wednesday’s meeting.
“It’s a big building,” MacMillian said. “It’s the second largest store in the state.”