CMP to Buy Golf Course

As part of Central Maine Power’s transmission line upgrades, they will need to acquire land throughout the state. They will be able to use the power of eminent domain if landowners are unwilling to sell. One willing seller was the owner of the Kennebec Heights Country Club. CMP already had a right-of-way across the land, but apparently needed more, and is willing to buy the entire property. Not surprisingly, neighbors are not happy. Kennebec Journal:

Central Maine Power Co. is close to purchasing the closed Kennebec Heights Country Club in Farmingdale, which sits along the path of its pending 350-mile transmission line upgrade, the Maine Power Reliability Project.
CMP spokesman John Carroll said the utility is negotiating a deal with the course’s owner, Michael Jennings of Winthrop. Carroll would not say how much CMP is paying for the 18-hole course.

“Any time we negotiate with landowners, we will buy the land we need, and in some cases the owner decides they would rather sell the entire parcel, which is what he wanted to do,” Carroll said. “I don’t think we’ve closed yet. It’s a parcel that we needed to acquire and we have an agreement to acquire it.”