KITTERY, Maine — An application for 315 studio and one-bedroom apartments slated to be built in the town's new neighborhood mixed-use zone will return to the town Planning Board Thursday night.

The proposal by land owners William Cullen and Sail Away LLC and applicant William Wharff, a real estate developer from Massachusetts, first went before the board in May with an initial sketch plan. The plan calls for three parcels totaling 23.3 acres at 76 Dennett Road to be merged to make way for four residential buildings, each of them four stories.

As proposed, one residential building with a mixed-use first floor component, possibly retail, food or office space, would be situated at the front of the property, along Dennett Road, while the other three residential buildings would sit back closer to Interstate 95. Developers have previously stated they've intentionally situated as much development towards the interstate as possible. As proposed, the plan does not seek waivers.

Wharff’s proposal is the first to hit the town’s new mixed-use neighborhood zone, which is approximately 90 acres off Dennett Road and Interstate 95. In a town-led change from the land's original zoning designation as a business park, the Planning Board and Town Council both approved the zoning change last year. The switch drew abundant push back from residents at numerous public meetings, where people expressed concerns about what the zoning change could mean for the area’s character, traffic, and natural environment, as it encourages more dense development and an active neighborhood. 

Wharff previously stated he hopes his development will fill a gap for young people and service workers, for example, as well as people looking to downsize.

On Thursday, the Planning Board will vote to accept or deny the site preliminary plan review, and move to schedule a public hearing at a later date. The meeting, at Town Hall, will begin at 6 p.m.