Developers seek extension for five-story building projectMeeting Nov. 6
Rockland — Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding has asked the city for an extension on its construction permit for a five-story building at 250 Main St., near the city's South End.
"Lyman Morse would like to file for an extension on the 250 Main St. permit; we have had some delays in getting started and have plans for getting up and running in the near future," Ron Defoe wrote in a letter to Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root Oct. 28. "We are still marketing the building and have great plans for the building as you know. We are looking forward to explaining this at the meeting on Nov. 6."
The planning board is set to hold that meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at Rockland City Hall.
The board voted unanimously in December 2010 to approve the five-story, 65-foot building to be constructed at the intersection with Pleasant Street. At that time the project was expected to cost $2.4 million.
Leaders at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston said in previous comments they began the process to keep employees busy during an economic downturn. The plan was for mixed use, combining retail, office and residential space under one roof.
According to the original plans, the first floor of the building would serve as retail space for either a store or restaurant. The second floor would provide office space for business use and the remaining top floors of the building would be available to purchase as residential space. The fifth-floor penthouse, when completed, will command some of the most spectacular views of the harbor in the city.
The building permit was issued in May 2011 and foundation work began in fall of that year. Since then, however, work at the site has been stalled.
The site is the former location of Hollydachs Pet Center. That building was torn down in September 2010.
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