Wentworth Center expansion in works; neighbors irked

March 11th, 2018 by admin Leave a reply »

Belfast — Plans to expand the Wentworth building on Waldo Avenue drew strong criticism in their first public review from neighbors who don’t want the commercial property spilling over to an adjacent residential street.

L.H. Wentworth Inc., owner of the 15,438-square-foot building, which has the name “Wentworth” emblazoned across the front and is home to health care and social service offices, has proposed two new buildings for construction to the rear of the property.

The project would be done in two phases. The first would see a new one-story, 1,920-square-foot building constructed on what is currently undeveloped lawn behind the Wentworth building.

Phase two would add a second building standing two stories tall with a footprint of 6,786 square feet and total area of 13,572 square feet. The building would front on Vine Street, a residential cut-through between High Street and Waldo Avenue.

Speaking to the Planning Board Feb. 28, property owner Lloyd Wentworth said he doesn’t have tenants for the larger building but has had two or three inquiries, of which one is a serious possibility.

“The people we’re talking to now, it would be mostly workers,” he said. “Not high traffic.”

The smaller building is slated to be occupied by New World Organics, a medical marijuana caregiver, Jon Whitten Jr. the project’s representative from Plymouth Engineering told the Planning Board. The business has been operating out of the current Wentworth building for two years.

Justin Olsen, co-owner of New World Organics with his girlfriend Nancy Shaw, told The Republican Journal the added space would

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