May 24, 2020

Meeting set to decide fate of complexes

CARIBOU — The fate of three proposed housing complexes will be decided when the Caribou Planning Board meets at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

Action was tabled after a public hearing last week on proposals by Philip Willey, Tim Cushman and Corey Solman to build multi-unit housing.

Willey asked the board to recommend rezoning an approximately 3-acre parcel off Farrell Street from Residential 1 to Residential 2 to enable him to build a 12-unit housing complex. Single-family housing is permitted in an R-1 zone, and multifamily housing in an R-2 zone.

Tim Cushman asked for a special exception to build a four-family housing unit on his 3-acre site on Grimes Road. He was informed that under the city’s zoning ordinance, a 5-acre lot was required to qualify for a special exception under Residential 3, zoned rural-farmland. He was advised to purchase 2 additional acres from the abutting landowner.

Solman asked the board to recommend rezoning a 70-acre site on Route 1 behind the Department of Human Services Building and Caribou Ford from Residential 3 to Residential 2, to allow him to build subsidized units for low-income families.

At the public hearing, Farrell Street resident Gervais Theriault presented a petition to board members asking them not to recommend a zoning change to the City Council. The petition carried names of 16 residents of the Farrell Street neighborhood. The meeting was attended by about a dozen residents who were concerned about the commercial nature of the complex, increased noise and traffic.

Theriault said the Farrell Street neighborhood was quiet and residents wanted it to remain that way. He said Wednesday that 36 units eventually could be built on the site if it were rezoned Residential 2.

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