A hotel company that owns and operates several hotels in Bar Harbor is seeking voter approval to change restrictions on oceanfront motel property so it can redevelop the parcel into a lodge and cabins.
If voters agree to amend part of property’s zoning and the land-use ordinance that applies to it, Ocean Properties Ltd. would demolish the Park Entrance Motel and in its place build a lodge, approximately two dozen shorefront cabins, and some camping sites. If the requested changes are rejected, the company still would formulate a plan to redevelop the site in a similar fashion, but with a different layout, according to an Ocean Properties official.
“We don’t believe large-scale development is needed” in Hulls Cove, Eben Salvatore, the firm’s head of operations on Mount Desert Island, said Thursday. “We don’t want a big hotel resort out there.”
Salvatore said that the Park Entrance Motel now has 58 rooms, all of which have been used in recent years as seasonal housing for employees who work at other local Ocean Properties hotels. The company’s goal is to redevelop the 8-acre waterfront site between Ocean Avenue and the shore so it has a maximum of 75 rooms split between a lodge building and cabins, not including camping or “glamping” (i.e., glamorous camping) sites that also may be located on the property.
A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....
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