Hotel now proposed to rise on Rockland site

This lot at 250 Main St. in Rockland is now proposed to be the site of a hotel.
Stephen Betts
This lot at 250 Main St. in Rockland is now proposed to be the site of a hotel. Buy Photo
Posted Jan. 30, 2014, at 2:07 p.m.
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ROCKLAND, Maine — The developer of a project that would construct the city’s tallest building is expected to return before municipal officials with a significantly revised plan.

Lyman Morse boatbuilding is now proposing to have its originally proposed 65-foot building be a hotel rather than a mixture of retail stores, offices and residential condominiums.

The project first received approval from the Rockland Planning Board in October 2010. The foundation was constructed in October 2011, but then the project — estimated to cost $2.4 million — encountered delays.

The company had marketed the residential condos, referred to as The Lofts at 250 Main. The site is at the intersection with Pleasant Street where Hollydachs Pet Center and Aquarium had been located.

The planning board gave an extension for the mixed-use project in November 2012 but that extension expired in December 2013.

The city council will discuss Monday evening a proposal to extend a commercial zone on Pleasant Street, on the west side of the railroad station, to allow for off-site parking for the hotel. Lyman Morse owns property at 49 Pleasant St., at the northeast intersection of Brick Street, and plans to tear down a house there and make the area a parking lot with at least 16 spaces. He said valet parking is proposed.

An initial vote on the proposed zone change could occur Feb. 10 and a public hearing and final vote then could be held in March.

Code Officer John Root said that the need for parking is one of the big differences between the review that the city will undertake with the hotel compared to the prior project. He said no formal plan has been submitted for the hotel and was not sure when it would be filed.

Lyman Morse is a boat-building company in Thomaston that planned the Rockland development to help keep its workers employed. The boatyard employs welders, plumbers and electricians. The company said it will use green technology in the mixed-use building.

A telephone message was left Thursday morning with Drew Lyman of Lyman Morse but was not immediately returned.

The city council will also discuss a second potential zone change at its Monday evening meeting that would allow The Home Kitchen Cafe to acquire a house behind its Main Street restaurant and use the space for a bakery and additional parking.

 

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