Contractors frame new business complex and Chinese take-out food building in Rockland
Rockland — Local Chinese food restaurants are multiplying so fast they appear to be lined up next to one another.
Contractors are framing a new building designed to house a restaurant and business complex at 145 Camden St. next to the intersection of Waldo Avenue.
The 4,485-square-foot building will consist of a Chinese food take-out restaurant, a separate rental unit for an unknown retail business and a suite of offices, according to the site plan at the Rockland code office.
The Rockland Planning Board approved the site plan Oct. 18, 2011. The plan shows the building to be constructed on a 31,928-square-foot parcel, with 21 parking spaces. The owner removed two former residential buildings, a house and a garage, as part of the plan.
Wai Lam of Chelsea Market Realty LLC, the new owner of the property, is developing the business on land formerly owned by George Raney of Storrs, Conn. Each unit in the three-part building will consist of 1,497 square feet.
Wai Lam, who owns a Chinese food restaurant in Belfast, said Friday, June 15, that his restaurant will differ from the former China Jade restaurant next door that has been closed.
"Mine will be take-out," he said. "No buffet." The plan calls for entrances to the property on Camden Street and Waldo Avenue to accommodate drive-through traffic.
Wai Lam said he expects the businesses to be open within a year.
The China Jade restaurant was turned over to the bank in 2010, according to city hall records. Fu-Le Investment LLC of Thomaston purchased the property in March 2010. Jian Ping Qian, owner of the China Coast restaurant at the nearby Harbor Plaza, is one of the owners given in the Fu-Le corporation, said the Maine Secretary of State's Corporations Division.
"We have no plans for that space right now," Jian said Friday. Meanwhile, her corporation is readying the closed Chinese food restaurant across from Moody's Diner on Route 1 in Waldoboro, for a new opening soon, she said.
Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root said he had issued permits for the foundation and for the framing of the new facility at Waldo Avenue and Camden Street. The developer will have to satisfy other requirements in the plan before going forward with further approval of other permits, Root said.
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