Rockland Code Enforcement Officer John Root was so excited about the building permit for the first five-story building in the city that he showed it off to various city officials before affixing his signature.

Root noted the historic significance of the occasion Tuesday morning, May 10 before he signed the paperwork in front of City Manager Rosemary Kulow and Administrative Assistant Brenda Harrington for ADZ Properties’ building.

The $2.4 million project was given unanimous approval by the Rockland Planning Board in December.

Ron Defoe, the general manager for Lyman Morse Fabrication, said he hopes construction can begin within four weeks. The remaining approval needed before construction begins is from the state fire marshal’s office.

The five-story, 64-foot, 11-inch tall building will be located at 250 Main St. at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets where Hollydachs Pet Center and Aquarium was formerly located. That building was torn down in September.

In the plan, the first floor of the new building will be used for retail space, the second floor will be for office space, and the third and fourth floors will both have two residences. The top floor will also be a residential condominium.

While Lyman Morse, through ADZ Properties, will hire sub-contractors to do the excavation and concrete work for the building, its employees will do a lot of the work. The boatyard in Thomaston employs welders, plumbers and electricians.