At its meeting on July 20, the Development Review Board approved a Final Plan application by Wake Robin for renovations of the Linden Health Care Center, the Community Center, and the addition of a new Independent Living 38-unit apartment building.
A key issue in the discussion was a memo from the Water Commission to the DRB asking that the DRB require Wake Robin to pay for the construction of a second permanent water storage tank. The application by Wake Robin did include a second water tank, but they objected to the requirement that they pay for it, and they questioned the need for building it.
Town Manager Joe Colangelo, speaking on behalf of the Water Commission, said that a second water tank was necessary as a backup if the existing tank needed servicing. Wake Robin representatives rebutted that there has never been a problem with servicing the present tank, and the argument for building a backup tank would apply whether or not a new building were erected, therefore, such a condition should not be linked to this project.
DRB Chair Mary Kehoe said that she did not believe it was within the authority of the DRB to require Wake Robin to pay for the tank, and urged Wake Robin and the Water Commission to meet privately to resolve the issue. However, she added that the construction of a second water tank was part of the application, so that if Wake Robin decided later not to build it, they would have to return to the DRB with a proposed plan amendment.
In other business, the DRB approved:
A Design Review application by Precourt Investment Co. for the replacement of windows, the removal of one door, and the demolition of a shed at 65 Falls Road, a property currently occupied by Chef Contos. The Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission previously recommended approval of the application.
A Sketch Plan application by Frank Talbott for re-subdividing an existing 113-acre lot into two lots at 75 Harbor Road. One lot would continue to house New Village Farm and the other would be for One Mitten Farm. Both properties would continue to be used for agricultural purposes.
A Conditional Use application filed by Marcel Beaudin on behalf of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club for the reconstruction of a utility building.
The next meeting of the Development Review Board will be held on Wednesday, August 3 at 7pm in the Municipal Center.