LINCOLN, Maine — A tattoo parlor and a snowmobile dealership will join the businesses lining West Broadway, the town’s longest retail artery, within a month or so, town officials said Wednesday.
DNA Tattooing will open at 123B West Broadway under the ownership of Damien Arthurs and Lincoln Power Sports will open at Access Auto at 265 West Broadway under the ownership of Sterling “Boody” Osgood, Code Enforcement Officer Jerry Davis said.
The Planning Board voted 6-0 on Monday to issue business permits to both businesses, Davis said. Board Chairman Peter Phinney and member Richard Wyman were absent.
Lincoln Power Sports, which will sell Ski-Doo snowmobiles, should give some competition to Richard’s Sports Shop, which sells snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles at a large showroom at 239 West Broadway, Davis said.
“There have been Ski-Doo dealerships in Lincoln before, but that was years back,” he said.
The new business permits cap what has been a fairly active winter for business in Lincoln, said Ruth Birtz, the town’s economic development director. Among the business developments since the fall:
ä A $200,000 apartment building proposed for Marietta Drive near Wal-Mart. As proposed by Osgood, each of the eight apartment units is 750 square feet and has 1½ bedrooms.
ä A renovation to the Timberhouse Restaurant, 1 Fleming St., in which the building’s exterior was totally redone.
ä Haskell Lumber Co. built a new wood shaving plant. Haskell has been working for three years with Eastern Maine Development Corp. to help find an industry that will diversify its lumber business and hardware store at 431 Main St.
ä Construction of a proposed senior housing development at West Broadway and Main Street is under way. The exterior walls to two floors are being built now. The $4.07 million, 24-unit senior housing complex will fill the crater left at the former Lake Mall site that was destroyed in an arson fire almost a decade ago.
— Dead River Oil Co. opened an office and heating oil terminal at 100 West Broadway.
— Wal-Mart has begun an interior renovation at 250 West Broadway valued, Birtz said, at about $300,000.
— Steaks N’ Stuff, a supermarket at 14 Mechanic St., is finishing a 2,500-square-foot expansion.
— Label Shopper, a discount clothing chain of 21 stores in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, opened its 22nd store at 284 West Broadway. The store is the only standalone retail clothing outlet in the Katahdin and Lincoln Lakes regions.
“Things are starting to pick up, but all in all, it’s been a pretty darn good winter,” Birtz said.