April 22, 2018
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Rockland board considering project to visit Union Street home

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
This single-family home on Union Street in Rockland is proposed for a conversion into a mixed retail development.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board will visit a Union Street home that is proposed to be converted into a mixed-retail development.

The board reviewed plans Tuesday night and agreed to visit the property at 110 Union St. before making a decision.

Code Enforcement Officer John Root said a neighbor who owns an adjacent two-unit apartment building voiced concern at Tuesday night’s meeting about having a business next to a residential property.

The property is a single-family home that has fallen into disrepair. Richard Rockwell, through his company Rockland Realty LLC, submitted plans to the city to convert the home so that the first floor would become 800 square feet of retail space. The 600-square-foot second floor would be a residential apartment.

There is no tenant yet for the retail space.

An existing residential garage would be demolished and there would be four parking spaces behind the building.

The cost of conversion is estimated at $70,000 and would take two months to complete.

Rockwell has renovated two other Rockland properties including a building at 449 Main St. that housed the Grossman Faber law offices for decades and a building at 5 Granite St. that has been converted into apartments.

The board will visit the property Wednesday evening and consider whether to approve the project at its June 18 meeting.

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