Children's play center planned for Camden Street

Change of use for former Chinese Jade restaurant
By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 21, 2014

Rockland — Plans are in the works for a new indoor children's play center to be established in the former Chinese Jade restaurant on Camden Street, according to documents at the Rockland Code Enforcement Office.

Taylor Baines has proposed creating the center at 169 Camden St. The project includes adding inflatable units, climbing equipment, a caterpillar tunnel/climber, playhouses, craft tables, a Lego table and space set aside for birthday parties.

The building is owned by Fu Le Investments, LLC. and Nate Fickett is listed as the contractor for the project.

The plans call for five employees.

Baines could not be reached for comment.

The code office has also received a site plan review application for the installation of a 1,512-square-foot pre-fab building at 5 Farwell Drive. The project has been proposed by Mike and Melissa Mank of Hope.

"The current business on the property is a motorcycle and automobile driving instruction facility," the city manager's weekly report states. "The proposed building will be used as classroom space."

The project is expected to cost $15,000.

It goes to the planning board Tuesday, Feb. 11, starting at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

The code office has also received an application from Liberty Hospitality of Maine, LLC. to convert condominiums to timeshares at the Tradewinds Motor Inn at 2 Park Drive. This is the fourth phase of an ongoing project. The project is expected to cost $80,000.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 122 or

Comments (1)
Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jan 21, 2014 19:31

Good idea! If McDonalds had a play area that would be better, but that's probably not going to happen.

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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast since 1998.


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