April 08, 2020

Rite Aid proposes to demolish historic Dover-Foxcroft site

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The giant Rite Aid corporation has submitted proposed plans to tear down the historic Blethen House to make way for a Rite Aid Pharmacy Store.

Connie Sands, Dover-Foxcroft code enforcement officer, confirmed Wednesday that a site plan review will be conducted on the company’s plans next Thursday.

Sands said Rite Aid proposes tearing down the aging historic landmark and replacing it with a store similar to one constructed in Dexter. The proposed building will occupy about 11,000 square feet with entrances off East Main and Court streets. Plans call for 47 parking spaces and a 5-foot retaining wall on Pleasant Street.

Town officials, however, plan to tell Rite Aid officials next week that they want a more Colonial-type building like the company’s building in Waterville, to be more aesthetically pleasing.

A drive-through pharmacy is planned for the rear of the building. All four sides of the building will be accessible to emergency vehicles, according to the plan.

Sands said the business plans to be on the public water and sewer systems. She said company officials claim that sewer volumes will be reduced from existing flows. Water will also show reduced flows unless a sprinkler system activates.

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