KITTERY, Maine — Headlining the list of major development projects in Kittery next year is a 282-apartment development along Dennett Road, a $56 million project slated to commence in the spring. 

The town’s director of planning and development, Adam Causey, is also pointing to two new residential developments set to start in 2022, as well as the projected completion of a historic $6.1 million renovation and expansion of the 133-year-old Rice Public Library. In addition, three retail marijuana business license awardees are blazing toward opening the first pot shops in Kittery. 

Here’s five development projects to watch out for in Kittery after the New Year begins.

Seacoast Residences

Site work for this $56 million project, located at 76 Dennett Road and adjacent to Interstate 95, is scheduled to begin in March 2022.

Blueprints for the development show the 282-apartment complex will include 183 one-bedroom units, 80 two-bedroom units and 19 studio spaces. At the front of Dennett Road will be a building that contains 3,000 square feet of commercial space.

Rental unit prices have not yet been determined, but Causey said they will not be subject to the town’s land use and development code regulations that call for affordable housing in particular project proposals. Per Kittery’s Title 16, projects that propose five or more dwelling units must have 10% of the units dedicated to affordable housing.

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Causey said the Seacoast Residences project was approved by the town prior to that initiative taking effect s the Seacoast Residences units will be rented out at market rate.

“The development will install sidewalks on the eastern right-of-way of Dennett Road and will widen Dennett Road to include a left turn lane onto the I-95 southbound on-ramp,” Causey said.

Construction of the units is expected to be completed in 2023.

Homestead Nursing Home becoming condominiums

The site of the former Homestead Nursing Home at 459 U.S. Route 1 will take shape as a condominium complex — and possibly more in the future.

Thirty-two condos, with exactly half of them age-restricted and designated for those aged 55 and older, are expected to start being built in the spring. Site work for the project has already begun.

Causey said the cost of construction is currently unknown since the developer, Landmark Hill LLC, has yet to apply for building permits.

In 2019, the town’s Planning Board gave final approval to the project, which included a proposal for a 112-room hotel and 12 single-family residential units along with the 32 condos. Since the hotel’s design hadn’t yet been finalized, it was agreed that the town planner and the Planning Board would have to review design modifications to it. 

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Of that decision, Causey said, “It (the development) has gone through a few modifications due to market conditions and COVID-related delays, thus the hotel phase timeline is still not confirmed. However, if the hotel use changes, that part of the project will need to go back to (the) Planning Board for approval.”

Like Seacoast Residences, the cost of the condos have not been determined though will be sold for market rate. 

Will Kittery’s first retail pot shops open in 2022?

After over 700 entries to the town’s retail marijuana business license lottery in late October, three winners were drawn and invited to complete applications to open the first three retail marijuana stores in Kittery.

The three lottery winners – Mitchell Delaney, owner of the State Road medical marijuana business Indico; Nick Friedman and Brandon Pollock – are all in the midst of seeking land-use approval from the Planning Board before seeking business licensure from the Town Council.

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Per ordinance language approved by the Town Council in August, one retail marijuana business license would be given out in each of three town zones: the C-1, C-2 and C-3 zones.

Friedman was selected for the C-1 zone, Pollock won the C-2 zone and Delaney, who plans to open a second Indico business at 181 State Road but sell recreational marijuana, was chosen from the C-3 zone entries.

Town Manager Kendra Amaral estimated that the earliest point when Kittery’s first retail pot shop would open would be by the end of 2022. 

Rice Public Library renovation and expansion almost complete

The first project of its kind in the history of the Rice Public Library, the $6.1 million renovation and expansion of the main Rice building began in March 2021.

Funded by a $5 million town bond, as well as with capital campaign donations, 2018 and 2019 Capital Improvement Plan funds and various grants, the expansion will increase the library’s total size to about 15,000 square feet. 

New additions coming to the Rice building include an expanded children’s area, a room specifically for young adults, an atrium and reading area added to the main level of the addition. Inside the E-Commons room, 10 computers will be installed for public use. Parking spaces will be doubled and an elevator is included in the plans. 

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Wright-Ryan Construction of Portland, Maine is overseeing the project, which is expected to end in the spring of 2022. Throughout the renovation timeline, all library operations have been moved to the library’s Taylor Building across the street.

A coffee shop brand could expand in Kittery

Need a morning brew from a new joint to get your day started? The town may soon be adding its second location of a popular New England coffee chain.

Pending Planning Board approval, another Aroma Joe’s, the regional beverage and pastry company marked by its small blue huts and wrap-around service style, might be coming to Kittery. 

A location is being proposed for 523 Route 1, about four miles east of the other town Aromas Joe’s at 89 Rt. 236. Documents from the town Planning Board show the drive-through shop would be 1,010 square feet. 

As of December, Aroma Joe’s currently has 82 locations primarily throughout New England, though it does have a few spots in Pennsylvania and Florida. 

The company is headquartered in Portland, Maine.

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