Several building projects eyed in Rockland

Posted Oct. 08, 2012, at 5:36 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 09, 2012, at 5:02 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — Three businesses are undertaking major renovations, another is eyeing an expansion, and a huge single-family home may be converted to four condominiums, according to the city’s code enforcement office.

Concerning the business renovation, the office has issued permits to Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Rite Aid, and a Circle K convenience store.

Bar Harbor Bank plans to have $75,000 worth of work done at its branch at 245 Camden St. in Rockland. The project includes interior renovations as well as work to the parking lot and entrance to the bank.

Bar Harbor has been at the site since 2004 when it acquired the property, including the 1,900-square-foot building, from Androscoggin Savings Bank.

Rite Aid, at the intersection of Park and Union streets, plans $50,000 worth of interior renovations, according to records on file at the code office. The property and 11,000-square-foot building, which was built in 1996, is owned by Jo-Mil Realty Limited Liability Co.

And the Circle K convenience store at 3 Camden St., at the intersection with Front Street, has plans for $35,000 in mainly interior renovations. That property and 2,400-square-foot convenience store, built in 1985, are owned by Cobalt Properties LLC.

The code officer also said in his weekly report two weeks ago that a board member of the Good Tern Co-op at 750 Main St. had met with him about possible expansion plans. The code officer reported that the discussion was about the possible addition of a second floor to the single-story, 2,900-square-foot structure that was built in 2003. Part of the discussion apparently concerned the use of an adjacent parking lot to meet code requirements for parking for the Good Tern.

Kevin Gadsby of the Good Tern said Tuesday that it is premature to be discussing any specific changes and that planning is ongoing for future expansion.

The Good Tern Cooperative is a natural foods retail store owned by its members but which is open to the general public. The Good Tern opened in 1980 and leased space for more than 20 years at 216 South Main St. before building its own store.

And in last week’s report, the code officer said there is a potential buyer for the two-and-a-half story, 7,700-square-foot, single-family house at 220 Camden St. and that the potential buyer, who is not being named, wants to convert the building into four condominium units.

The house was built in 2005. The property is assessed by the city at $825,700 but is for sale for $199,900.

Bank of America acquired the property in March 2010 after it got a court-ordered foreclosure judgment in September 2009. The previous owner had owed $763,000 on the mortgage.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires clarification. Good Tern Co-op is a retail natural foods store that is open to the general public.

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