Rockland Planning Board approves condo conversion, art center projects

Posted April 29, 2013, at 2:09 p.m.
A for sale sign is posted outside the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education in Rockland in 2012. The center has since been sold to Orchid LLC, which plans to invest $500,000 into the former school building.
A for sale sign is posted outside the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education in Rockland in 2012. The center has since been sold to Orchid LLC, which plans to invest $500,000 into the former school building. Buy Photo

ROCKLAND, Maine — Two commercial projects received final approval last week by the city’s planning board.

Liberty Hospitality LLC received final approval at the board’s April 23 meeting to convert six rooms at the Navigator Motor Inn into three residential condos.

Work will begin soon on creating the first condo which will be a model unit. The other two units will be built as units are sold, according to the city.

The project is named Residences at Summer and Maine.

The 56,000-square-foot Navigator is located across from the Maine State Ferry Terminal. The 1971-built motel has 81 rooms and five suites.

The planning board also gave final approval to restoration of the former Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education.

Orchid LLC plans to invest $500,000 in the former school building.

The gym will get a new floor and ceiling, and the theater will get a new sound system. Those spaces will then be available for rent.

Orchid LLC purchased the Lincoln Street Center complex for $125,000 in December from Camden National Bank. The bank had taken possession of the historic complex in August after the Lincoln Street Center for Arts and Education surrendered the building.

The plan is to lease space for art, dance, yoga, glass blowing, karate and other activities and events.

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