Rockland gives initial OK to downtown building height moratorium

Posted July 16, 2014, at 8:21 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A six-month moratorium on buildings taller than 50 feet in a downtown section of Rockland gained initial approval Monday night.

The council voted 3-2 Monday night with Councilors Eric Hebert and Frank Isganitis opposed to the ordinance.

The moratorium would affect the downtown section from Park Street south to Pleasant, as well as Main Street from Park Drive south to Water Street.

A public hearing and final vote are scheduled for Aug. 11.

The moratorium comes in the wake of the approval given June 10 by the Rockland Planning Board to build a five-story hotel at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets. The hotel approved for ADZ Properties LLC will stand 57 feet tall with an elevator shaft reaching 61 feet and solar panels reaching 70 feet. The current city ordinance sets a 65-foot limit for occupied space.

The moratorium will not affect this project.

The hotel will have 26 suites and is estimated to cost $2.9 million. Developer Cabot Lyman said last month he expects construction to begin in September and work to be completed in June.

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