Bar Harbor Bank & Trust will undergo major renovations over the fall and winter.
The plans include remodeling the bank itself and adding a second drive-through lane, as well as increasing the parking spots from 17 to 23. Those plans were presented to the Deer Isle Planning Board and approved unanimously after discussion at the board’s September 19 meeting.
According to Alina Watt, a project engineer with Hedefine Engineering and Design in Ellsworth, the bank will be gutted and rebuilt, with a few minor additions. A 10 to 12-foot retaining wall will be built to accommodate the rebuilt parking lot.
Planning Board chairman Jeremy Stewart asked about storm water runoff, which he said was the “biggest concern” of the board.
Watt said there will be new drainage measures put into place at the site.
Stewart recommended removing one of the two existing drainage culverts, as it drains into a stream.
The board unanimously approved the project, with the conditions that the south drain be removed and that Bar Harbor Bank & Trust attempt to keep vegetation between it and its neighbors as much as possible.
During construction, a mobile bank will be erected on the site, said Watt.
In other business, Loring Kydd of the Bridge End committee came to the meeting to apprise the board of changes to initial plans for landscape and building of a boat launch and floats at the Bridge End site. The project has been scaled back considerably to fit within the monies available. Kydd said he hopes construction to be complete before July 1 of next year.
Board member Eric Ziner asked about the remnants of the building that was burned by area fire departments earlier this summer and how they were being covered over. Kydd explained that he assumed that work was the town’s responsibility, rather than the purview of the committee.
Kydd said the committee could rework the plan to address containing the remains. Stewart recommended to Kydd that he speak with the selectmen about what the next step should be.
In other business, the board unanimously approved the following permits:
A building permit for an application from Fred Badger Jr. to build a covered porch to the back of an existing house in Little Deer Isle, Map 29, Lot 5;
A building permit for David and Joan Maxwell to build an addition to an existing house to enlarge an existing bathroom on the Reach Road, Map 11, Lot 9;
A building permit for Donald Lateiner and Marianne Gabel to reconstruct and expand a deck on the Reach Road, Map 12, Lot 35;
A building permit application from Jay and Phyllis Denbo to build a bedroom and bath addition to an existing house, on Sylvester Cove, Map 2, Lot 14.