WATERVILLE — The Planning Board on Monday will consider final plans for housing projects on Western and Chase avenues, as well as a plan to build three new athletic fields at Colby College.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at The Center downtown.

Merici Woods LP wants to convert the former Mount Merici convent at 172 Western Ave. into 28 apartments for low-income seniors.

The plan calls for vehicle access off Chase Avenue where a dirt road exists, and water and gas services would be installed along that road. The site has 35 existing parking spaces, which more than satisfy the city’s requirement of one space per unit, according to Planning Board officials.

A garage on the site would be removed as part of the project and the nearby Mount Merici Academy will retain an easement across the apartment property to get to a nearby cemetery.

The Planning Board voted 6-0 June 27 to recommend the City Council rezone the property from Institutional to Residential-A to allow for the apartment construction.


Meanwhile, Waterville Redevelopment Co. III, is seeking to build 55 apartments in the former Seton Hospital at 30 Chase Ave.

The board will consider the final plans for both the convent and Seton projects under the city’s zoning and subdivision and site plan review ordinances.

Colby College plans to build three athletic fields for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer behind the Harold Alfond Athletic Center off Campus Drive on the college’s Mayflower Hill campus. One of the fields would have artificial turf and only one field would include lighting, according to plans.

As part of the project, 30,000 to 32,000 yards of ledge and soil would be removed from the property and taken to Marston Road, and an underground filtration system would be installed to filter the first inch of rainwater. Excess rainwater would overflow to level spreaders. The board will consider the project under the city’s subdivision and site plan review ordinance.

The fields would be built on about 19 acres, about 9 of which are wooded. The trees would be removed, but a buffer of trees would be left where the property borders Interstate 95.

The board also will consider a request from David M. Palmer Jr. to revise a previously approved site plan at 13 Washington St.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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