Lyman hotel construction set for fall, city says
Rockland — Construction of Cabot Lyman's $2.9 million, 26-suite boutique hotel is not expected to begin until the fall to avoid the summer tourist season, acting City Manager Thomas Luttrell said June 17.
He said construction may start as soon as September on the five-story project, located at 250 Main St. The Planning Board approved the hotel site plan June 10.
City officials including Mayor Larry Pritchett and Code Enforcement Officer John Root said they have not yet been informed by Lyman as to whether he will pave a planned 30-space parking lot to be leased from the state Department of Transportation. The lot will be located near the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center.
"It will require Planning Board review, particularly for review of drainage," Root said by email June 17.
Lyman, who has filed the project at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets under the name ADZ Properties, did not return a message left June 17 at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston.
In a four-page letter to Lyman dated June 16 from Planning Board Chairman Erik Laustsen, the city formally presented more than 31 findings of fact, conclusions, its decision including five conditions, and a note to the applicant.
Among the findings of fact are: the estimated time of completion is June 2015; the sidewalk adjacent to the proposed building on both Main Street and Pleasant Street will be rebuilt to city-approved standards with granite curbing and sidewalk pavers in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; the proposed building will be serviced by public water and sewer, and by underground electric; trash will be handled in the basement so there will be no need for a dumpster outside; and the applicant will work toward an agreement with Rock City Roasters in an attempt to resolve problems with smoke arising from the (coffee bean) roasting process.
Among the five conditions applied to site plan approval are that any protrusions, including building overhangs and awnings, must receive City Council approval, and that a performance bond is required based on the cost of public improvements such as sidewalks and road work.
The note to the applicant states, "This project must be completed within two years from the initial date of approval and a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Code Office or project review must begin anew (including fees)."
Luttrell said the $2.9 million hotel will generate about $60,000 in yearly property taxes for the city.
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