ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board gave preliminary approval Tuesday night for the Navigator Motor Inn to convert some of its rooms into residential condominiums.
The vote came after a public hearing on the proposal for the Main Street complex.
A final vote of the planning board is expected in April.
Liberty Hospitality of Maine LLC filed the application with the city’s code enforcement office to convert six rooms at the Navigator into three condos.
The condo project has been named Residences at Summer and Maine.
The cost of the conversion is estimated at $60,000 and will take two months to complete from when the application is approved.
The 56,000-square-foot motel was built in 1971 and is across from the Maine State Ferry Terminal. The hotel has 81 rooms and five suites.
The rooms that will be converted are on the second floor of the north end of the building.
The two-bedroom units are being advertised for $159,900 per unit with 1,175 square feet of space.
The plans call for more rooms to be converted to residential condos if these units sell. The eventual plan would be to have that northern wing entirely converted into condos although the current application is only for the six rooms.
Liberty Hospitality owns both the Navigator and the Trade Winds Motor Inn in Rockland — the city’s two largest hotels. The Trade Winds had some of its rooms converted in 2008 and 2009 into condos, which now are used as time share units. The Trade Winds has 138 rooms and 15 suites.