Bangor’s former incinerator property is not for sale, authority officials say

The Bangor Borough Authority will not sell the former incinerator property. Not right now, at least.

The board voted Thursday evening to support authority Chairman Donald Butz’s Oct. 2 letter to borough council President James Kresge that stated the authority need to not sell the incinerator and the surrounding home now identified collectively as the Bangor Company Park.

“Too lots of individuals had challenges with the sale,” Butz mentioned.

Negotiations were underway in the summer season that would have had the authority sell the lengthy-dormant 79-acre lot for $1.075 million to Valley Industrial Properties.

Officials discussed plans with V.I.P. who wanted to fill the deep valleys and level the steep slopes of the Ridge Road house to make it suitable for development, stated authority Administrator Marino Saveri in June.

Even so, some residents and borough officials expressed concern that dirt and landfill possibly hauled in from out of state by V.I.P. could have a potentially adverse environmental effect.

Butz decided to create a letter to the borough asking for a meeting concerning the property shortly after the authority’s September meeting when far more than a dozen residents spoke out against the sale to V.I.P.

“I will be recommending at the next authority meeting that the authority cease all activities in regard to the sale of the properties of the Bangor Company Park, and to meet with representatives of the borough council in regard to the properties,” Butz’s letter study in part.

David Houser who serves on each the borough council and the authority was the only vote on the board not in support of Butz’s letter. Houser has expressed sympathy in the previous with these who have been against the sale to V.I.P. and he did not really feel the letter had enough teeth to be meaningful.

“The letter is open-ended,” Houser said. “It doesn’t specify any dates.”

As long as the authority is in possession of the incinerator home, a sale to a landfill hauler is still achievable, mentioned Anna Maria Caldara, a Bangor resident who has been a vocal opponent of the property’s sale.

“We need to have assurances from the authority that their perspective has changed,” Caldara stated right after the meeting, “and from this point forward we need to have to know they take sustainability seriously.”

Authority and borough officials met to discuss the Bangor Company Park on Oct. 23. Any eventual plans or discussions of sale will be done in coordination with the borough council, according to Saveri.

“If we do something in the future, we will do it in conjunction with the borough,” Saveri mentioned.

The authority also voted without objection to reimburse $14,000 to Nimaris Building, which had spent dollars on various engineering permits at the incinerator website in recent years. Authority officials told Nimaris that they would get their income back if a sale did not go by means of, according to Saveri.

The house will stay dormant and closed for now. Hunters and neighbors of the property frequently make their way past the fences and really should be aware that police will be patrolling the home and trespassers will be prosecuted, Saveri said.

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