April 26, 2018
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Children’s indoor play center planned for Rockland

Courtesy of VisionAppraisal
Courtesy of VisionAppraisal
This building is the proposed site of an indoor children's play center.
By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — A children’s indoor play center is planned for a local building that last housed a Chinese restaurant.

Taylor Baines of Warren submitted an application last week to the Rockland code enforcement office for a change-of-use permit for the building at 169 Camden St. The building was previously occupied by the Chinese Jade restaurant, which closed several years ago.

The application states that the indoor play center will have two inflatable climbing structures, swings, slides, an activity table and crafts. The building covers 4,500 square feet.

Baines said Wednesday evening that “Play Days” will be open year-round, seven days a week.

“Not only will there be open play, but I am including age-specific play groups along with learning play groups, sticker club, book club, book swaps, toy library, DIY crafts and monthly special events such as a children’s magic show, puppet show, sing-along concert, ect.,” Baines said.

“As a mother of two young children, I know firsthand Knox County doesn’t have much to offer children under the school age so I look forward to giving the community a safe, clean, fun place for children to get some energy out, learn and just be kids while parents can engage in play or just sit back and relax in one of the parent corners,” she said.

The business will employ five people, according to the application.

The code officer and a fire department official have conducted a preliminary inspection of the property and the permit is awaiting final approval from the state fire marshal’s office.

The building is owned by Fu Le Investments, LLC, of Thomaston.

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