These storage trailers on property owned by developer Pam Gleichman and her husband, Karl Norberg, are an eyesore, neighbors say. PHOTO COURTESY TOWN OF BAR HARBOR

Storage trailer owners protest



BAR HARBOR — Property owners Pam Gleichman and Karl Norberg are protesting action by the town ordering them to remove three tractor-trailer storage units from their Main Street property.

In paperwork filed March 6, Gleichman asks the board of appeals to extend the period of time within which the trailers must be moved, stating that with current weather conditions, she and her husband cannot comply.

“The applicant is unable to physically remove the storage trailers at this time due to the current winter conditions at the property,” appeals documents read. “The trailers will be moved to another location after the snow has melted and mud season is over in late spring.”

Of the three trailers, one has been there since May 2013, while the others arrived last spring, according to planning documents. This summer, the property owners were informed 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 for the owners to apply two months ago for a six-month extension.

An attorney representing the owners of a $2.4-million waterfront property next door to Gleichman, though, protested the proposed extension, stating that the trailers are an eyesore.

“The trailers are … completely out of character for a residential neighborhood,” attorney Jacob Manheimer wrote. “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 was to decide on whether Gleichman’s extension would be granted. However, Gleichman and Norberg pulled their case off the planning board agenda last month and instead filed an appeal of Chamberlain’s order to remove the trailers.

According to appeal documents filed by Gleichman, the home of her neighbors at 384 Main Street has been vacant for over two years and is visited only by the caretaker every few weeks. Gleichman claims further that the trailers are in a wooded area and cannot be seen from Main Street or any of the neighboring properties, including 384 Main St.

 

Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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