June 23, 2018
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Rockport experiencing a building boom in midst of nationwide slowdown

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKPORT, Maine — The town’s planner said despite a national and state slowdown, Rockport is seeing a flurry of construction.

The planning board is scheduled to meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, to consider approval of the third phase of the Village at Rockport housing development. The planners also will get their first look at a proposal to build a new service station and office building as well as a seafood restaurant.

“We’ve been quite busy,” said Tom Ford who serves as town planner and community development director.

The Village at Rockport already has received approval for 19 housing units on Hilltop Drive located off Route 1. Most of those units have been constructed and sold. On Feb. 8, the planners will consider approval for an additional 21 housing units.

The 21 units will include one three-story building that will contain 15 residences. The other units will be separate, individual buildings.

The planning board also will review a proposal by Dave Herrick and Carolyn Cavanaugh to build a 6,000-square-foot service station that would be connected to a 1,200-square-foot office building for Herrick’s Garage Sales and Service. There would be an apartment above the office section.

Herrick’s garage is now located on Rockville Street, Ford noted.

The board will meet with the applicants but no vote is scheduled for this project since it is a preapplication meeting, he said.

The property is located next to the former Ingraham restaurant.

Pen Bay Ice Co. Inc. also will be at the planning board meeting for a preapplication session on its proposal for a Graffam Brothers Seafood Restaurant Shack.

There was a small seafood shack at the site last year but Ford said the proposal is for a more permanent operation. The restaurant would consist of a 20-by-8-foot restaurant across from Graffam Brothers Market on Union Street.

The restaurant would be located farther from the road than the shack last year with three picnic tables closer to the street.

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