THOMASTON, Maine — A proposal by Thomaston to develop the property where the Maine State Prison stood for more than a century will go before the town planning board Tuesday, March 20.

The town has proposed dividing the property into eight lots that eventually could accommodate retail shops, housing and a park.

John Fancy, who as superintendent of the Thomaston Pollution Control Department is involved in planning for the subdivision, said he does not expect a vote by the planning board but that the proposal is being presented to familiarize the members about details of the project.

The town is soliciting bids from contractors to build a road from Wadsworth Street on the east side of the land to the middle of the nearly 16 acres of town-owned land. The bid also would include installation of sewer, water and storm drains.

Fancy said he expects that work to be done this summer.

The town also is negotiating with Broad Cove Builders, which wants to buy one of the lots, about 2 acres, on which to build 10 residential units, Fancy said. He said the residences may be condominiums with some duplexes and about 1,500 square feet per residence. The homes would be aimed at the retirement population.

Fancy said Broad Cove would have to go before the planning board when the firm is ready to develop the lot.

The lots fronting Route 1 would be for sale for retail or commercial businesses. Another lot would be set aside for a community building. Another would be used to develop a park.

The planning board meeting will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Watts Hall.