CAMDEN, Maine — A local developer plans to convert a building that houses a cinema and restaurant into a hotel.
Stuart Smith expects to file an application with the town in about three weeks, said Tyler Smith, an engineer who works on his father’s projects.
The plan calls for converting the two-story 12,000-square-foot brick building at 16 Bay View St. into a hotel with 26 suites. The building had been occupied by Peter Ott’s Restaurant, which relocated to a nearby space on the harbor also owned by Stuart Smith.
The renovations will not occur until after the Camden International Film Festival holds its showings from Sept. 25 through Sept. 28. The second floor of the building includes a theater that was the Bay View Street Cinema until it closed in 2007.
The hotel will be similar to the adjacent Grand Harbor Inn also owned by Stuart Smith.
Tyler Smith said he still expects an application to be filed this fall in Rockland for a proposed 65-suite, four-story waterfront hotel. He said the Camden project is the top priority but that he expects that construction could begin for the Rockland project either in the spring or late fall of 2015.