This week the Buzz is making issues official in Auburn, constructing extra photo voltaic and on the lookout for a brand new proprietor for a Lewiston landmark.
First up: Scent these breadsticks?
The Auburn Planning Board accredited the brand new Olive Backyard for 649 Turner St. on Tuesday night time. It’s the positioning of the previous Ruby Tuesday restaurant.
Builders obtained each a sought-after setback waiver and extra shared indicators.
“That handed fairy simply — it’s an incredible spot for a restaurant, there’s already one there,” Director of Planning and Allowing Eric Cousens mentioned. “I do know that they’ve already accepted bids for the demolition of Ruby Tuesday. I don’t know precisely what the development schedule is, however I anticipate that to start out this fall or winter.”
Trillium Engineering Group will subsequent apply for a demolition allow. The smaller Ruby Tuesday is coming all the way down to make approach for the 6,600-square-foot, $1.1 million Olive Backyard proposed final month and rumored since early this 12 months.
Messages left for Trillium and an Olive Backyard spokeswoman to ask about an anticipated opening timeline weren’t returned Wednesday.
JUST UP THE ROAD
Additionally formally underway: 128 housing items by A.R. Constructing Firm, subsequent to BJ’s Wholesale Membership on Mount Auburn Avenue.
The items will probably be a mixture of one- and two-bedroom residences in two four-story buildings related by a clubhouse. Facilities will embody a fitness center, pool and in-unit laundry.
That venture additionally obtained a unanimous Planning Board vote.
Cousens mentioned building ought to begin this winter or spring with a 24- to 36-month construct.
“They’re going to contribute to a sidewalk connection to tie into the prevailing metropolis sidewalks in addition to some expanded sidewalks that town is planning for subsequent summer time,” he mentioned. “We’ve been making an enormous push to enhance connectivity for pedestrians within the mall space.”
AND SPEAKING OF THE MALL AREA
The Boulos Co. is advertising 4 outparcel websites across the Auburn Mall, one in entrance of JCPenney, going through Heart Road, and three on the Panera Bread facet of the mall.
They’re described as starting from 3,000 to fifteen,000 sq. toes with drive-thru availability.
House can be being marketed within the Pastime Foyer Plaza kitty-corner from the brand new housing growth.
Transfer a whole lot of residents in and extra retail will come?
Hopefully, accomplice/dealer Craig Younger mentioned.
“I’d anticipate extra elevated curiosity in retail and retail outparcels as extra housing is developed,” Younger mentioned. “There has not been lots of curiosity within the retail heaps since COVID began, however I belief that can change as we proceed to see bettering well being and financial circumstances post-COVID.”
NEW OWNER WANTED
Tripadvisor’s No. 1-rated nightlife spot in Lewiston is up on the market.
The Cage is available on the market.
The longtime bar at 97 and 99 Ash St., with 5 further items, is on the market for $400,000. It’s described in the actual property itemizing as a “nicely established turnkey enterprise with nice success for 50 years” with a Class A lounge and restaurant license.
A person who recognized himself as one of many house owners Wednesday mentioned he didn’t wish to speak concerning the sale.
Tripadvisor reviewers have been extra effusive over time.
“Having gone to high school in Lewiston 30+ years in the past, my associates and I’ve a sure affinity for The Cage,” a reviewer from Massachusetts wrote. “It’s that old-time, native bar, the place locals congregate. Guests like us, who cease in for a number of hours as soon as each summer time, are the minority. So long as you aren’t on the lookout for hassle and depart earlier than it’s darkish, all must be high-quality. It’s in tough form, which (is) a part of its allure and it could or might not be serving meals, which is simply high-quality. . . I hope The Cage is round for one more 30+ years for us to expertise. I launched my son to it when he was 25 and he thought it was fairly cool. I’ll allow you to resolve for your self.”
The Cage is continuous to promote karaoke nights on social media and the actual property itemizing notes that it hosts pool and shuffle ball leagues.
BUT WHAT ARE THE OTHER TOP THREE NIGHTLIFE SPOTS?
In accordance with Tripadvisor, No. 2 is the not too long ago offered Buddy T’s, No. 3 Blue Goose Tavern and No. 4. Little Joe’s.
FINALLY, BACK IN AUBURN
A brand new 2.5-megawatt, $5.2 million photo voltaic venture is headed to twenty acres at 100 Penley Nook Highway.
The venture is by Nexamp Photo voltaic, which is at present wrapping up a 5-megawatt venture in Auburn on Riverside Drive.
“This will probably be on the identical property proprietor’s property, however a unique parcel,” Cousens mentioned. “Roger Gauthier is a lifelong farmer in South Auburn and he’s not in a position to work the land as arduous as he’s used to and he’s trying to diversify his earnings so he can proceed to function the farm.”
Cousens mentioned some members of the general public voiced issues to the Planning Board about whether or not photo voltaic growth is acceptable in Auburn’s agricultural zone.
“Their issues had been concerning the ordinance, extra so, than the venture itself,” he mentioned. “(The board) can’t change the ordinance, they’re simply making use of the one which exists.”
The board accredited the venture Tuesday on a 6-1 vote.
On Riverside, Nexamp’s “erosion management has been impeccable,” Cousens mentioned. “They’ve finished an incredible job with the siting of the panels. They’ve given excursions they usually’ve provided further excursions to elected officers if they want them. They’ve finished an excellent job up to now.”
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