Hotel developer tears down house
Rockland — The house at the corner of Brick and Pleasant streets in Rockland was reduced to rubble Wednesday, May 7.
The property at 49 Pleasant St. is owned by ADZ Partnership (listed in other paperwork as ADZ Properties), which has proposed construction of a five-story hotel at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets. Cabot Lyman of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding is also listed as owner of the property and as the applicant for the demolition permit on file at City Hall.
"We leveled the building and will fill in the hole and create a nice level open space," Lyman-Morse spokesperson Marnie Read said May 7.
In February, the developer had proposed establishing a parking lot on the property to serve the customers of the proposed hotel. That plan required a zoning amendment and met with opposition from neighbors.
Read said plans for parking there are not back on the table.
Since then, ADZ has submitted updated plans to the city stating its intent to lease space for a 30-space parking lot on Maine Department of Transportation land near the Midcoast Mental Health Center. The plan calls for valet parking provided between the hotel on Main Street and the parking lot.
The company bought the property July 24, 2013, for $25,000, according to city records.
The demolition work was done by Art Henry contractors.
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, May 20, at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall concerning the plans for a 26-room hotel at 250 Main Street.
Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at email@example.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.
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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.