The hotel on River Street is planning to knock down two adjacent buildings at 22-28 Veazie St. and replace them with a new structure that will contain 11 rooms and four studios, and will allow for seven underground parking spaces.
Though its work is not completed for the proposals it hopes to bring to this spring's annual town meeting, the Planning Board recently started talking about an idea it wants to work on for the 2023-24 cycle.
Ernest-Jones was speaking in response to a draft warrant article that would essentially replace the term "mobile home" in the zoning bylaw with the more contemporary term "manufactured home" and allow said structures in all residential areas subject to the same rules as any other home.
There are currently about 55 employees at the factory but the need for parking around the main building is based on an ebb and flow of orders and pickups, he said in response to questions about a surfeit of vehicles on the grassy area at times during the summer.
The Community Development Board on Tuesday unanimously approved a site plan from Jamasan Hotel Management for the construction of a coffee shop and drive-through at 1030 South St., next to Guido's Fresh Marketplace.
It is designated as permanent supportive housing, which combines affordable housing and support services to build independent living skills and connect people with health, treatment, and employment resources.
All alterations will be in the interior and on the first floor for full accessibility. He anticipated no change in traffic since the mill has studios and businesses in it that see people coming and going and there's a large parking lot across the street from the mill.
Meeting for the first time since the annual town meeting voted to refer most of the board's proposed warrant articles back to committee, the planners decided that housing regulations again will be a priority for the year leading up to town meeting in April 2023.