Chad Francis, owner of Atlantic Landscape Construction Inc., has purchased the site of the former NewLand Nursery and Landscaping Center in Ellsworth, Maine, with plans to develop a mixed-use property that will include self storage and residential duplexes. The city’s planning board will review the application on Nov. 1, according to the source.
Plans for the 9.5-acre site at 124 Bangor Road include building five self storage structures containing 300 units, some of which will be climate-controlled, and eight residential units. The new storage buildings would be close to Bangor Road where NewLand stored mulch and other materials, while an existing building would be used as the facility management office. Several small edifices on the back side of the property, near Gilpatrick Stream, would be torn down to make room for the four duplexes, the source reported.
The site is already connected to the city’s water and sewer lines. The entrance, however, would likely need to be reconfigured for better traffic flow and sight distance.
The property is “convenient to the core population” for living and storage, according to Steve Salsbury, the surveyor who’s representing Francis in the application process. The site also has room for future development, he said.
NewLand Owner Steve Elliott relocated his company to Washington Junction Road in Hancock last year.
Founded in 1975 by Chad Francis’ parents, husband-and-wife team Tim and Sam Francis, Atlantic provides landscaping services for large and small residential, commercial and institutional projects.