January 18, 2022

Proposal tabled for service road> Plan would set route parallel to Stillwater

BANGOR — The City Council voted Wednesday evening to table a measure that would have amended the city map by drawing in a “parallel service road” behind Stillwater Avenue.

The order would have created a right of way, reserving the path for future construction of a road that would serve commercial development.

The new road would begin at the end of Hogan Road, pass between the Country Inn and Crossroads Mall, loop out behind Stillwater, cross Penjajawock Stream and Gilman Road, pass just behind the Woodrow Cross Agency and end back on Stillwater Avenue, across the street from the Hoyt Cinemas parking lot.

City Engineer James Ring explained that the end of the road is planned to line up with the offramp the Maine Department of Transportation plans to build onto Stillwater. He said that other locations for the road had been considered, but that wetlands, residences and the angle of the road made the planned way the best choice.

Don Brown, Bangor attorney for Jeanette Taylor, who owns the one home that will be torn down for the road, said that establishing the right of way through her property would diminish its value. He wanted to know if the city was prepared to buy the property, and when.

City Solicitor Erik Stumpfel said that the city could be liable for damages for the loss of value of a property, even if the city had not done a formal eminent domain proceeding.

The most vocal neighbor of the proposed project was the Woodrow Cross Agency, represented by real estate representative John Largay, attorney Dan Pileggi and owner Royce Cross.

Cross said he had purchased a triangle of land for expansion in the road’s path, and he “didn’t want to be sacrificed” for the project. He explained that his business had grown immensely, and he had planned to build on the adjacent parcel.

“This is going to decimate the value of the Cross Agency land,” Pileggi said. “The real estate is otherwise extremely valuable.”

The proposed would have a negative effect on “the land value and the business value” of the property, Pileggi said, adding that it would be “less expensive to move around the Cross Agency, rather than through it.

Stumpfel responded that the city would be responsible for compensating a property owner for any land and buildings taken, but not for the value of the business itself.

In tabling the issue, councilors said they wanted to find out the assessments on the properties to be affected, and information on the alternate routes considered.

Also on Wednesday, the council:

Voted to postpone indefinitely a request by Phillips-Strickland House to discontinue part of Boyd Street. The home is going to work on plans for an expansion that would not need the road to be blocked off.

Authorized a purchase option with Unicel for a 4-acre parcel on Union Street, between Godfrey Boulevard and Fleet Bank. Unicel will pay $220,000 for the plot, set to be the site for the company’s corporate headquarters in Maine.

Authorized the city to join the Cumberland-York Aggregation Coalition study on aggregating the purchase of electrical power.

Awarded Fiesta Shows of Seabrook, N.H., a five-year contract to run the midway at the Bangor State Fair from 1999 through 2003.

Voted to extend City Manager Edward Barrett’s contract for two years to June 30, 2001.

Authorized a lump-sum payment of $35,000 plus attorney fees on a Workers’ Compensation claim by Tina Roberts, Bangor City Nursing Facility.

Tabled a rezoning for 768 Union St.

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