Developer plans ambitious project with housing, retail and office space for Route 1 in Wells

Posted March 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m.

WELLS, Maine — The Route 1 corridor north in Wells will be the site of a new development containing a restaurant, retail space, a bakery, office space and two dwelling units.

The planning board recently approved a proposal by Boston-based interior designer Anthony Catalfano to develop the property, which formerly held the Lighthouse Depot. Catalfano owns the abutting property on Route 1 and operates an interior design retail shop there — Anthony Catalfano Home.

“I always wanted to do a retail shop,” said Catalfano, who’s had a summer house in Kennebunk for 13 years. “I was looking for an area where I could do a grouping of shops. I had my eye on the area for a couple of years and decided to pull the trigger and do something.”

According to the site plan application, the plan is to construct two new connected buildings where the old Lighthouse Depot stood. The buildings would house two dwelling units on the second and third floors; a 1,400-square-foot business office on the second floor; 2,816 square feet of retail space consisting of a 1,000-square-foot bakery, a 400-square-foot gallery and two retail spaces; a 3,380-square-foot restaurant consisting of 100 seats; landscaped, patio and paver areas; and parking.

“He is proposing more landscaping than we usually see on a site, which is nice,” said Wells Town Planner Mike Livingston. “All the paving and building footprint were already there. I’m hoping it comes out as nice as the first building he rehabbed.”

Catalfano said he does not intend to operate the restaurant or bakery himself, but would market the site to a restaurateur and/or baker.

“Fine dining and a bakery would be great for the area, especially for people from Drakes Island,” he said.

Livingston said the project is a good one for that part of Wells.

“We were looking to get a draw toward the north end of Wells,” he said. “It’s one of the few new projects there. It’s good to see people willing to invest in this area of town.”

With approvals in hand, work is likely to begin soon.

“Work will begin hopefully within the month,” said Catalfano. “We’re finalizing the details to start construction. By next season [2015] it will be totally complete. We won’t rush it. We want to take our time and do it right. I’m excited to be part of the Wells community and to try to make a difference and bring in jobs. I’m excited about it.”

 

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