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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 06-04-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JUNE 4-10, 2020 LINCOLN 9 LINCOLN – Jim McKee and Terrapin Development's latest plans to extend Rockyroad Avenue in Lincoln are moving forward to a public hear- ing. McKee plans to subdivide a 3.73- acre parcel into seven residential lots at the end of Rockyroad off Chapel Street. The project has been set for a pub- lic hearing in June, providing nearby residents the opportunity to share any concerns about the development. Roughly two-dozen people showed up to a meeting last summer regard- ing Rockyroad to speak out against the development, citing a variety of concerns from damage done by blast- ing to excessive tree clearing and the illegal burning of construction debris on site. McKee's development was delayed during that meeting, when the Planning Board decided not to vote on the project to give McKee more time to mull over the concerns raised. Public safety issues raised at last year's meeting prompted the Planning Board to request that Lincoln fire and police review the project plans. Public safety officials said during a meeting two weeks ago that they aren't par- ticularly concerned with the proposed project. Town Planner Al Ranaldi said at the May 20 Planning Board meeting that other concerns among the public and members of the Planning Board's Technical Review Committee were related to cars parked along the street. The existing roadway is approxi- mately 22 feet of pavement, leav- ing little room for cars to pass by if parked along both sides of Rockyroad. The board has recom- mended that the east side of the road be marked with no parking signs, a move supported by Police Chief Brian Sullivan. "Some people in this area still need street parking, so we wanted to pre- serve that for those who have lived on this road for many, many, many years said Ranaldi. Town Engineer Leslie Quish has also been working with existing resi- dents on drainage issues. Rockyroad residents, some with houses built by McKee several years ago, have been struggling with water buildups on their properties, a famil- iar complaint for residents of McKee developments in Cumberland. "Even though this did not come in as a phased project, maybe looking back it should have," Ranaldi said of the development. "We have existing residents with drainage problems that we'd like the developer to fix as soon as possible." Quish pointed out to the TRC last week that site grading and drain- age for an existing home on the first proposed lot had not been com- pleted yet, and that her concerns also extended to houses recently construct- ed on lots 103, 104, 197 and 235. The TRC recommended that McKee address the issues as a condi- tion of preliminary plan approval. Town Solicitor Tony DeSisto asked whether there was a pre-existing issue on the property prompting the drain- age systems to fail. "We've encountered issues previous- ly with existing houses, and the lack of drainage out of the retention areas … is there an issue out there that makes it so these drainage structures do not work as they should? This is turning into an issue for the town," he said. Quish said she was planning anoth- er site visit for this week to speak with neighbors whose rainwater gardens were failing. "It's not infiltrating into the ground," she said. Project engineer David D'Amico said they've been working on address- ing a number of comments from the town engineer over the last several months, including taking a close look at the milling of the existing roadway in hopes of expanding it. While he said they're limited from really expanding the narrow road, they feel they can expand it "a bit to the east," which would have "a posi- tive impact on drainage, reducing the amount of runoff from existing condi- tions." D'Amico said all street drainage currently runs to Chapel Street, and that there is no drainage on Rockyroad. He said the developer plans to install new drainage mea- sures, which are currently under RIDEM review. McKee said he's been in "con- stant discussion" about the issues on Rockyroad and that "they're minor in nature." "We adjusted two lots already and are receding some others. On lot 10 I think we should be able to resolve the drainage issue by Friday. It's a very minimal amount of work," he said. In general, Ranaldi said the devel- oper had successfully been meeting the town's technical needs for devel- opment. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Planning Board's deadline to make a decision was moved from May 18 to June 24. That meeting will be a public hearing. McKee asked to address Rockyroad drainage issues By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer nicole@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD Construction equipment sits atop a hill at the end of ROCKYROAD AVENUE in Lincoln, where Terrapin Properties is building an extension to the cul-de-sac. Congratulations Julia Tavares! We are all so very proud of you and wish you all the success in the future! Love Dad, Melissa, Nana and Papa You've handled yourself well; enjoy your journey. We Love You, Peace Mom, Dad, Anthony family & friends Nicely done Alicia! Dave Boisvert dboisvert@KW.com 401-533-2976 THE BOISVERT TEAM AT KELLER WILLIAMS Let us guide you home! Congratulations 8th Grade Graduates! You Made It! Next Stop . . . High School. Wishing All Of You 4 Years of Memories and Success!

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