BAR HARBOR — The owners of a $2.4 million waterfront property are asking the town to order their neighbors to remove three tractor-trailer units that have been parked next to their driveway and used for storage since at least last spring.
The storage units are parked on a property at 386 Main Street owned by a trust which includes Karl Norberg, the husband of real estate developer Pam Gleichman. One trailer has been there since May 2013, while the others arrived last spring, according to planning documents.
This summer, the trust was informed by local code enforcement officials that they needed a permit for the temporary storage trailers, which they could acquire for up to six months. The permit application was not received until late fall, however, and the permit was granted by code enforcement officer Angela Chamberlain for three months. It has since expired, leading an agent with the trust to apply last month for a six-month extension. According to the application, movement of two of the trailers is being arranged, while a third contains breakable items and cannot be moved. The trust is working on a plan to build a structure on the property to house the contents of the trailer, according to the application.
An attorney representing neighbor WCP Main Loan Holdings LLC, though, is urging the town not to grant an extension to the permit.
“The trailers are an eyesore, completely out of character for a residential neighborhood,” the protest letter from attorney Jacob Manheimer reads. “Occupants of 384 Main Street are required to drive by the trailers – large rusting hulks covered with commercial print and logos – each time they enter or leave the property.”
As set out by town code, the planning board will decide on whether or not the extension requested by Norberg and the trust will be granted. They were scheduled to take up the issue on Wednesday, Feb. 4, but the meeting was cancelled. The board is set to meet next on Feb. 18.