Wiscasset Planning Board

Board nods veterinarian, hears about former fish market site

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 8:30am

Under the gavel of Al Cohen in the absence of Chair Karl Olson and Vice Chair Jason Putnam, the Wiscasset Planning Board on Monday unanimously approved the site plan for small animal veterinarian Holly Noble. She is taking over the former Coastal Veterinary Care at 161 Gardiner Road.

Noble said she would be closing on the building shortly. She hopes to open around March. 

Michael Collins, Dan Dyer and Dana Long, owners of the former Musical Wonder House, are seeking approval for a restaurant at 690 Bath Road. They had planned a tavern downtown, but did not complete the application, opting instead to buy the former Simpson’s Fish Market at 690 Bath Road, near Shaw’s. Dyer said the project will be delayed until spring, when the restaurant can hook into the town’s sewer lines.

Cohen explained to the board, state regulations limit work near the highway to certain months. The restaurant will have a country theme, and little will be done to the interior except to bring in furnishings. The business will have 62 parking spaces, more than enough to accommodate a full house. Members will take a site walk in two weeks. Dyer plans to spend the next few months renovating the interior. 

Stephen Barnett of Barnett Energy Resources Group spoke about the Cenergy plan to develop a solar farm at Wiscasset Municipal Airport. This discussion was a pre-application meet and greet, according to Cohen.