Tom Benson points out the four new house lots for sale on Freeman Ridge Road near Ridge Acres Lane in Southwest Harbor. The subdivision was recently approved by the town's planning board. ISLANDER PHOTO BY SARAH HINCKLEY

Freeman Ridge Road subdivision approved



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — It is tough to picture a house among the evergreen trees peppering a 21-acre parcel at 28 Freeman Ridge Road where Tom Benson has been approved for Westwind Subdivision.

But, that is what Benson is hoping some young families can see with the help of some survey tape. The orange tape is wrapped around several trees within the property to outline the new half-acre lots as well as a right of way down the center of them.

“I would like to see families with kids,” said Benson about future residents of the wooded property. “Whoever builds here, I want them to decide what they want to open up.”

Four lots along Freeman Ridge Road, located on the parcel directly across from the intersection with Ridge Acres Lane, are now for sale. The subdivision has been approved by the town’s planning board.

While Benson is simply selling the plots for someone else to build a home on, each will be connected to the town’s water and sewer systems.

Benson intends to present further subdivision of the property at a later date, creating at least four more lots.

Benson grew up on Freeman Ridge Road, about a half mile from the property he recently purchased and is subdividing. It was originally recorded in the town tax records as 25 acres, but measures closer to 21 acres, he said. The four lots outlined along the paved road represent the full width of the parcel, but the majority of the property is located eastward until it runs into Acadia National Park. The current subdivision is far from the park boundary and park officials did not weigh in on the subdivision application.

“This has been here for years,” said Benson. “Same ownership for as long as I can remember… And, all of a sudden it was for sale.”

Across from his childhood home at the start of Freeman Ridge Road is Benson’s current home and business office. He owns and operates TW Benson Surveying since 1994. Benson hopes his connections to local realtors can help him find buyers for the new house lots.

Benson also recently served two three-year terms on the board of selectmen.

Sarah Hinckley

Sarah Hinckley

Former Islander reporter Sarah Hinckley covered the towns of Southwest Harbor, Tremont and neighboring islands.

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