Hotel developer tears down house

By Daniel Dunkle | May 07, 2014
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle The house at the 49 Pleasant St. in Rockland was reduced to rubble May 7.

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 ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.

ADZ Properties, which plans to build a five-story hotel on Main Street, had at one time planned a parking lot for this property at the corner of Brick and Pleasant streets. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (4)
Posted by: David E Myslabodski | May 08, 2014 11:25

To FM

Thanks for the reminder. The hotel proposal is a doubling-down by a developer over a failed project. No one is arguing about LM craftsmanship building pleasure yachts.

Agree that LM has the right to a decent ROI, so long they follow existing City Code and respect existing DZ ordinances.



Posted by: Jon Koski | May 08, 2014 10:17

Tearing down that house is a huge improvement for that area.  This would make a great parking lot for the Hotel.  With some professional landscaping you may not even realize it's there.  This is a great project and the people behind it have a reputation for fine craftsmanship.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 08, 2014 09:27

  1. That house was an eyesore and beyond worthy repair. Maybe they"'ll build a spec house to sell at some point in time. I wouldn't want a parking lot there either but these people have as much right to a return on their investments as the next guy. I don't see the need for a six-five foot building on that corner. To me this was just a bad investment from the start.



Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 07, 2014 18:31

I have been saying that this hotel is a done deal and this article just confirms my belief.



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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 for 15 years.

 

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