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Subdivision application deemed complete

One last meeting planned
By Fran Gonzalez | Feb 14, 2020
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Prentice Grassi, president of the Freedom Planning Board, left, and member MaryAnn Bennett at the subdivision hearing Feb. 10 at the Town Office.

Freedom —

A 25-acre lot on Greeley Road moved one step closer to becoming a subdivision after a spokesman for the development gave a presentation to the Planning Board Tuesday.

Brian Rhea spoke on behalf of Maine Woods and Waters LLC, a Freeport realty company specializing in selling large tracts of raw land, in regard to the subdivision proposed near the intersection of Greeley and Beaver Ridge roads.

According to Rhea, the wooded parcel would be subdivided into four lots ranging in size from 4 to 10 acres. Three lots would be on Greeley Road, while one 8-acre lot will be accessible from Beaver Ridge Road.

The parcels will be sold with covenants prohibiting mobile or manufactured homes and with no commercial activities allowed. Exceptions include activities associated with an in-home occupation, professional trade, organic farming or rental of dwellings. Also prohibited will be unregistered motor vehicles, metal storage containers, and junk, trash or debris on the premises.

Currently, the property is being “selectively” harvested for wood, Rhea said, and forester Harold Burnett of Two Trees Forestry is overseeing the operation. No driveways, roads, buildings or other improvements are proposed for the subdivision.

At the Feb. 11 meeting, Rhea said the logger would not take any of the larger trees and would strive to retain a natural buffer of trees adjacent to the road. In a Feb. 13 conversation with The Journal, Rhea said the property would not be clear-cut.

The Maine Woods and Waters website ( notes that the company offers owner financing with 20% down to borrowers with good credit history.

The real estate company purchased the property Jan. 2 from the Frances E. Ward Trust. Rhea said he was not sure how much the lots would go for, but said prices would probably be in the $20,000 to $30,000 range.

Prentice Grassi, Panning Board president, went through the application line by line, and the board found it to be complete. One further meeting is scheduled for March 10. That meeting will give the board a chance to thoroughly review the presentation materials offered by Rhea, he said.

A copy of the application will be sent to selectmen, Grassi said, to keep them abreast of the development.

Brian Rhea of Maine Woods and Waters LLC presents a subdivision project to the Freedom Planning Board Feb. 10. (Photo by: Fran Gonzalez)
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