ROCKLAND, Maine — A proposed five-story boutique hotel overlooking Harbor Park will be before city planners in two weeks but with a revised plan for off-site parking.
The previous plan to seek a zone change and place an off-site parking lot in a residential zone was met with considerable opposition at a Feb. 3 city council meeting. Neighbors said the move would be a commercial intrusion into a residential area.
The council took no action at that meeting but suggested the developer contact the Maine Department of Transportation about possibly leasing some of its land near the train station, which is located near the proposed hotel lot.
The new plan calls for the parking to be located on currently vacant land owned by the state transportation department, adjacent to the west side of parking used by Midcoast Mental Health Center. Code Officer John Root said vehicle access for that lot would be either through the mental health center lot or from Park Street near Eastern Tire.
The hotel will offer valet parking because there is no parking area on the proposed hotel’s site at 250 Main St. The proposed 65-foot-tall hotel is expected to have 26 rooms.
The planning board is expected to review the new hotel plan at its April 15 meeting. The price tag on the project is $2.9 million, according to the application filed March 11 with the city’s code office.
The developer is ADZ Partnership — whose principal owner is Cabot Lyman of Lyman Morse Boatbuilding. A telephone message was left Monday morning with a representative of the developer.
ADZ had received approval in October 2010 for a mixed retail, office and residential complex on the lot. The foundation was constructed in October 2011, but then the project — estimated to cost $2.4 million — encountered delays and the developer decided to pursue a hotel instead.
This is the second hotel plan being put forward in Rockland. A $6.5 million, 65-suite upscale hotel is being planned by Rockland Harbor Park LLC on waterfront property near Harbor Park. Harbor Park has not yet submitted a formal application for the project but held a pre-application meeting earlier this year.