Ocean State Job Lot, sand-salt shed steam aheadCMCA headed to planning board
Rockland — Business and building projects are moving forward in Rockland, according to documents at the city code enforcement office.
Code Enforcement Officer John Root has approved the building permit for Ocean State Job Lot, which will locate a store in half of the former Wal-Mart building on Camden Street.
The project does not need planning board approval.
The permit to renovate the building for use of the new store was granted Dec. 24. The project is expected to cost $225,000.
The store is expected to open in the spring.
The Rockland Planning Board will review the city's application to build a sand-and-salt shed at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:15 p.m.
The city plans to construct a 9,100-square-foot metal building at 400 Limerock St. (near the city transfer station, which also can be accessed from Pleasant Street). The project is expected to cost up to $561,000.
The new Center for Maine Contemporary Art project will also come back to the planning board at that meeting to continue its pre-application discussions.
The nonprofit CMCA plans to move from its longtime location in the Rockport firehouse to 21 Winter St. in Rockland to increase access and space. The plans call for replacing the existing building, the one-time Fireproof Garage Co., with a new city landmark.
Drawings presented show an outdoor courtyard with small trees, a glassed-in lobby facing the street, and a large exhibition building with a saw-tooth roof and north-facing skylights to take advantage of natural daylight.
The center would have 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, a gift shop, ArtLab (for art education) and a lecture hall.
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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.