BELFAST — Penobscot Community Health Care modified its original proposal for the former MBNA/Bank of America complex before the Belfast Planning Board Aug. 31 because of some complications arising from the plan.

Under the new proposal, the company has decided to proceed with a site plan amendment that would allow them to lease condominium units on the property at 21 Schoodic Drive.

The original plan also included a proposed subdivision plan to divide the current parcel into four lots labeled one through four, with the plan to sell lots two, three and four and retain lot one.

Penobscot Community Health Care Chief Infrastructure Office Edward Marsh said the company chose to modify its proposal because the subdivision plan presented a number of challenges, including permissions required from the Maine Department of Transportation, which would be cumbersome at this time.

Penobscot Community Health Care, parent of Seaport Community Health Center at 53 Schoodic Drive, finalized its purchase of the 21 Schoodic Drive property from Bank of America in December 2021. When the deal was announced in July 2021, the parent said it would move Seaport, which had outgrown its location, to the 21 Schoodic Drive property where it could expand and offer new services.

On Aug. 31, Marsh said the health center modified its plan in that it is requesting permission only to lease condominiums in existing buildings at the site. Marsh said the health center plans to relocate Seaport Community Health Center to building five at 21 Schoodic Drive. He said the goal is to have 40 exam rooms in building five and have a dental practice on the second floor.

Marsh said one of the reasons the health center is looking at condominiums is that the center is getting funding for building five and, due to funding limitations on nonprofit health centers, any lien would currently be placed on the entire property and could also create limitations on the type of funding the center could receive if for-profit entities exist in the other buildings. Bank of America currently occupies one of the other buildings on the lot.

He said the center does want to sever a 45-acre parcel of raw land as lot two and possibly sell that property. He said the city has shown an interest in possibly using the parcel for housing, but that it outside the scope of what the center does so the decision was made to sever it from the rest of the property and sell it to someone else for development purposes.

No decision was made at the Aug 31 meeting. A public hearing was held on the matter, with no public comment, and the public hearing was continued until the board’s next meeting Sept. 14.

In other matters the board:

•  Approved a site plan amendment for KSW Federal Credit Union for the property located at 135 Waldo Ave. The plan was for KSW to alter its current 1,500-square-foot facility with a 434-square-foot addition, onsite parking and circulation improvements for traffic. The proposal is to create two new offices and a vestibule to better serve customers, along with a reconfiguration of how vehicles enter and exit the property.

•  Approved an application from Jim Norton to convert an existing dwelling at 26 Searsport Ave. into office space for two employees. This would include parking for two vehicles and landscaping.