Excavation contractor sets up facility in Town Hill



BAR HARBOR — One of the largest earthwork contractors in Hancock County is setting up a satellite location here.

RF Jordan of Ellsworth recently purchased a 54-acre parcel on Route 102 in Town Hill, which the company intends to use for equipment storage and maintenance, owner Patrick Jordan confirmed Wednesday. The property was purchased from Edward “Teddy” McFarland, who ran a junkyard and auto salvage business there for many years.

“We do a lot of earthwork on the island, down in Northeast Harbor, Southwest Harbor, in Acadia National Park,” Jordan said. “We figured we’d like to have a spot this way where we could leave equipment and use for storage and whatnot. It will help us in the summertime especially, when all that traffic is there.”

Jordan has had workers at the site in recent days burning brush and generally cleaning things up. He said they are removing all the vestiges of the junkyard. At least one building on the property will be torn down. A maintenance garage will be fixed up and reused. Jordan said that a number of new trees would be planted out front, and a nice new fence would be installed.

Jordan initially sought to use the property for stockpiling gravel, crushed stone and other construction materials, along with vehicle storage and maintenance. However, Code Enforcement Officer Angela Chamberlain informed his representative, engineer Tim Brochu, in a recent letter that the land use ordinance prohibits such activity in the Town Hill business district where the property is located.

Jordan said Wednesday that the prohibition is not an impediment to his plans for the property.

“We’re just happy to use it as a maintenance facility and such,” he said.

Jordan’s plans for the site include expanding the gravel parking area by 22,000 square feet and building a secondary access road connecting to a road behind the site.

Chamberlain said that site plan review with the planning board likely would be necessary for certain portions of the project.