ROCKLAND — The Rockland City Council gave enthusiastic unanimous approval June 28 to an agreement that will ensure public access to the harbor and waterfront in Rockland’s North End.

Councilor Louise MacLellan-Ruf cited the importance of the easement that extends the Rockland Harbor Trail.

Mayor Ed Glaser said at the June 28 Council meeting that this vote this will go down as a historic decision for Rockland, pointing out the city missed an opportunity to get public waterfront access in the North End in 1975.

Councilors also praised Community Development Director Julie Hashem for negotiating the agreement.

The property transactions will include the city acquiring the boat launch at the Apprenticeshop property and extension of the Harbor Trail along the organization’s property.

The project is a collaborative effort of the City of Rockland, the Apprenticeshop, Elysa Rose and Paul Coster who own a strip of land on Main Street adjacent to the Apprenticeshop, and a statewide land conservation organization Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

The first phase of the project involves the purchase of 685 Main St. by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, transfer of the Apprenticeshop boat launch to the City, recreational easements to allow physical and visual access to the harbor including public a 600-foot long pier, preservation of one of the city’s few remaining industrial lime kilns, and expansion of the Harbor Trail.

There is no property tax money being used for this project, the city manager noted.

The 685 Main St. property the land trust will buy is owned by Lermond Cove LLC — and its principal owners Coster and Rose — which is a narrow strip of land filled with trees that overlook the harbor. The old lime kiln is located on this property.

City Manager Tom Luttrell said the eventual plan includes clearing those trees and having a platform erected for the public to view the harbor.