2016-12-02 / Community News

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Restaurant plan delayed, given 12-month extension

The Eight Corners area of Scarborough is set to get a new restaurant on Mussey Road, just not as quickly as originally proposed.

Senior Planner Jay Chace said BBS Enterprises has been given a 12-month extension to complete the construction of Asian Fusion, a 5,000-square restaurant the entity has planned for 62 Mussey Road, a property owned by James Yao.

The planning board approved the plan, which includes the renovation of the 1900s farmhouse and barn on site into a modern restaurant serving Korean barbecue, Japanese sushi and Chinese food, in September 2015.

The approval from the board, Chace said, was only good for a year, but through the site plan ordinance an extension is possible.

“It provide language for the planner to extend it for an additional year,” Chace said. The ordinance states “the town planner may extend final approval for one additional year for good cause” as long as a request for an extension is received before the initial approval expires.

Chace said the holdup was due to some regulatory hurdles the developer still has to work through.

“There were some final site plan conditions regarding the venting system that need to be reviewed and they haven’t finalized that detail so they requested an extension,” he said.

One of the conditions the board stipulated before construction could begin was that the planning department would review, and approve, the heating/cooling and ventilation system and kitchen hoods vents.

Santa Claus visit is scheduled for Saturday at Memorial Park

The Christmas season is set to kick off in Scarborough on Saturday, Dec. 3 when Santa plans to make a stop at Memorial Park.

The visit, sponsored by Scarborough Community Services Department, kicks off at 5 p.m. when Santa arrives – in year’s past on a Scarborough fire engine – and the municipal Christmas tree is lit. Santa will visit with children in the park’s gazebo until 6:30.

During the event, free hot chocolate, compliments of Scarborough Rotary, will be served beginning at 4 p.m. and Project G.R.A.C.E. (Granting Resources and Assistance through Community Efforts) will be collecting unwrapped toys to hand out to families.

A make-up date has been set for Sunday, Dec. 4. For more information, call 730-4150 or email comserv@ci.scarborough.me.us.

Compiled by Staff Writer Michael Kelley. He can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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