Planning board to discuss Center for Maine Contemporary Art

By Daniel Dunkle | Dec 11, 2013
Source: Rockland Code Enforcement Office The Center for Maine Contemporary Art building on Winter Street in Rockland may look like this drawing done by architect Toshiko Mori.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, which plans a new museum complex on Winter Street, will go to the city planning board Tuesday, Dec. 17 for a pre-application meeting.

The meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall.

CMCA plans to move to 21 Winter St. and has announced a $4 million capital campaign to raise money for the purchase and renovation of the property. It has submitted drawings by architect Toshiko Mori to the city Code Enforcement Office. Drawings show a glassed in area around the entrance and a courtyard with small trees. Gartley & Dorsky is providing engineering for the project.

The nonprofit organization is moving to Rockland from its present location in Rockport in hopes of gaining better access and visibility.

Courier-Gazette Editor Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Kathryn Fogg | Dec 13, 2013 03:17

Yes, it is interesting to see the arts grow in Rockland.  Yes, it is enjoyable to see our Main Street busy.  Jobs are available in the stores but sales clerks traditionally are on the lower end of the pay scale.  Meanwhile property listed as nonprofit takes the place of property that could be listed as commercial.  The reduction in property taxes must be made up elsewhere and it becomes the property owners' burden. It seems there must be another way to help such communities as Rockland that carry such a heavy burden of untaxed properties.

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Dec 12, 2013 05:50

I still think the best bet is to AGGRESSIVELY go after "traditional" employers and lure them to the area with, yes, tax incentives.  This area, and I mean the entire Midcoast, needs to get some major companies here. It's a really lovely area, and a couple of the town's have good schools. I think it could be done!

Posted by: David E Myslabodski | Dec 11, 2013 23:45

A beautiful building? I guess, as they say, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." How exactly this UGLY building fits with its surroundings? And yes, we keep hearing that we should be thankful about the nonprofits. Really!!! We all pay taxes in Rockland and just a few reap the benefits . . .

Posted by: ALBERT E COLSON | Dec 11, 2013 21:46

Tell me how another non profit is going to help those of us WHO DO pay taxes in Rockland . I can see where it helps downtown business ,but what about the rest of us. Look at all the houses for sale in Rockland . Does this tell you something . Joan


Posted by: robert garcia | Dec 11, 2013 18:40

What a beautiful building...and the numbers of people who will be drawn to this city to explore its arts will more than make up for it non profit status. The contribution of culture and intelligence to a community are invaluable. Take a walk down Maine Street one evening in the summer and see all the people coming to see art, and eating in our restaurants and shopping in our stores and banking and buying homes here. To think anything less than the wonder of it all is to forget the Rockland of twenty years ago...and I pay taxes here as well.

Posted by: Clifton Yattaw, Jr | Dec 11, 2013 18:07

Rockland; fine arts and welfare

Posted by: betty anne mccommic | Dec 11, 2013 17:08

I was going to mention (homeless shelter) Rockland really needs one.What is wrong with this picture...



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo | Dec 11, 2013 16:10

I agree Richard. Amazing how these non-profits can raise money but can never pay for their own public services like a property owner. Too bad we couldn't attract some good jobs here instead of all these non-profits. Looks like a non-conforming structure to me.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Dec 11, 2013 15:33

Amazing what can be built when you don't have to pay taxes isn't it? Awesome. No homeless shelter, but $4 million dollars available for ANOTHER arts center. Something wrong with the way we all; including me; have our priorities. :(


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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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