Wiscasset planning board

In a Silent Way moves to Water Street

Tue, 09/14/2021 - 8:30am

    Wiscasset’s planning board on Monday night approved Chandler Sowden’s transfer of business from 65 Main St. to 51 Water St. Sowden owns In a Silent Way, a wine bar, which was in the historic Wawenock building when the façade of bricks came down in April.

    Christopher Juntura came before the board for a site plan review for a brewery and tasting room at 568 Bath Road. He first met with the board in 2018. Juntura’s lawyer Alice Knapp told the board Monday, said she did not understand why Juntura was being put through more scrutiny than other businesses. She said she did not think Maine Tasting Center or Bath Ale Works had had to go through the process. Chair Karl Olson replied that the Maine Tasting Center went through the entire process last fall and Bath Ale Works had some exceptions due to being housed in an already approved building.

    Juntura had received a memo from Emily Rabbe of Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission with a list of points that needed to be addressed in the site plan. The board went through each item in the memo and either explained what was needed or approved an exception. Juntura will only be required to resubmit any new pieces of the application and will likely return with a complete application in October.

    Also Monday, the board approved signing the findings of fact for Central Maine Power’s transmission line.

    The board meets next at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Olson expects the meeting will be held via Zoom.