April 04, 2020
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Five-story Rockland hotel seeks OK for rooftop patio

Stephen Betts | BDN
Stephen Betts | BDN
Construction continues on a five-story hotel in Rockland.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board will be asked next month to approve a rooftop patio for a five-story hotel that is under construction.

The proposal is being requested by AFZ Partnership to allow guests to be able to get the best view of the ocean.

“The site was developed because of its exceptional location with uninhibited views of Penobscot Bay,” states the letter from the company to the city.

The patio would be used both for guests and “small events compatible with the hotel,” according to the application. The patio would have a capacity for 50 people.

The change to the project would involve extending the elevator to the rooftop and having two sets of stairs reach that level. ADZ states that the proposed patio would have the added benefit of eliminating the flat roof look of the building. The patio would not create noise for neighbors, it maintains, because of the small number of allowed occupants, the seasonal use of the rooftop and the distance from residences.

The Planning Board will review the project at its Tuesday, April 7, meeting, which will begin at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

The board approved the hotel in June 2014. The rooftop is at 57 feet without the elevator shaft. The city height limit is 65 feet. The machinery for the elevator will extend a few feet above that limit but such equipment is exempt from the limit, according to Code Officer John Root.

There was some opposition from neighbors when the hotel was proposed. Those neighbors claimed such a tall building was out of character for the neighborhood, which abuts a residential area.


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