WATERVILLE — The Planning Board on Monday is scheduled to consider a site plan for an office and day program on Michael Lane for people with intellectual disabilities.

Assistance Plus, a behavioral health and health care agency based in Benton, Brunswick and Wilton, will request a site plan review for the facility at 2 and 3 Michael Lane, off Silver Street.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the council chamber at The Center at 93 Main St. downtown.

Assistance Plus owner and CEO Johnna Bowen said Friday that Assistance Plus plans to open the office in a former ranch home on the property to include space for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. A day program for adults would be included that will help them build skills and learn to integrate into the community.

“This is a new service that we offer,” Bowen said. “I think we’re going to be a good fit for the community.”

She said Assistance Plus offers in-home services for children and adults, and this will help diversify the program so that adults may integrate into the community and attend community events. Twenty to 25 people are expected to be at the site from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, she said.


Assistance Plus does not plan any structural changes to the building, but some cosmetic changes are planned. The closing on the property is scheduled for Oct. 20, and Bowen expects some of the office transition work will start Nov. 1, with a tentative move-in date of Jan. 1.

In other matters, the board also will consider a request by the Maine State Credit Union to rezone 182 Silver St. and part of 170 Silver St. from Transitional to Contract Zoned District/Commercial-A so the credit union may expand its 81 Grove St. property. The property to be considered for rezoning is between the credit union and Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream.

City Planner Ann Beverage said Friday that Gifford’s owns those properties, and the credit union has 182 Silver St., and a sliver of the 170 Silver St. property under contract.

“The credit union wants to put parking in there and demolish the house that’s there,” Beverage said. “They want to add parking and improve the access around their drive-thru.”

The credit union is asking for a zone change now and would come back to the board later for a revision to a previously approved site plan because it wants to add parking area and revise the drive-thru, Beverage said.

In a separate agenda item, Herbert Goudreau will request re-approval of an expired site plan for Goudreau Inn and Suites, proposed for construction behind 110 College Ave.


Goudreau did not return phone calls Friday, but Beverage said Goudreau got approval in 2012 to build a 28-unit apartment building for older adults, and the City Council approved a zone change to allow additional uses in the zone. Those additional uses were meal service for residents and guests only, as well as a beauty parlor for use by residents, Beverage said. She said the approval was good for only two years and Goudreau could have asked for an extension, but he did not.

Reviewing the expired plan allows the board to ensure the project meets all current regulations, as such rules can change over time, according to Beverage.

A sign at the building at 110 College Ave., Goudreau’s Retirement Inn, says it is for sale.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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