Belfast man aims to open firearms business in his home

Posted March 21, 2014, at 4:37 p.m.

BELFAST, Maine — The city will hold a public hearing next week on a local man’s request to establish a small-scale firearms and accessories manufacturing business on Lincolnville Avenue.

Eric Levangie submitted an application last month to the Belfast Planning Board that details his proposed home business, according to Assistant City Planner Sadie Lloyd. She said that the Belfast man’s business would primarily consist of making silencers for guns.

“All of this is contingent on him getting his licenses from the state,” she said Thursday.

Efforts this week to contact Levangie were unsuccessful. In his application, he told the city he expects to work privately with dealers and government agencies, such as police departments, by appointment in the business, which he wants to locate in an existing garage on the property at 255 Lincolnville Ave.

The property is located in the city’s residential and agricultural 1 zoning district, which allows for home occupations that are subject to review by the planning board.

According to the notice about the public hearing, persons who may be affected by the proposal are invited to offer comment or may submit comments in writing by mail or email.

Lloyd said that Levangie’s proposal has caught the eye of some in the community.

“I have heard a few people voice concerns,” she said. “It’s definitely different. Not typical. But he’s going through all the right channels and doing everything we ask. As long as he’s following the code, we’ll bring it to the board.”

The public hearing will take place during the Belfast Planning Board’s regular meeting, 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, in the Belfast City Hall Council Chambers. Comments can be submitted to slloyd@cityofbelfast.org or to the City of Belfast Code and Planning Dept., 131 Church St., Belfast, ME 04915.

 

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