ROCKLAND — The Rockland Planning Board approved Tuesday night, Nov. 2, construction of a new factory for a longtime city manufacturer of marine and architectural hardware.

The Board voted 4-0 at its meeting to approve a new $1.5 million factory for Lowe Hardware — no connection to the Lowe’s home improvement chain. The property is 150 Pleasant St. in the business park on Pleasant Street.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring, and will take a year to complete.

The business park zone was created by the City Council in January 2019. In April 2019, Elliot Lowe of Lowe Hardware purchased the slightly more than five acres at 150 Pleasant St. from Everett and Gloria Mank.

Lowe Hardware is currently located at 5 Gordon Drive, in a building that is 10,560-square-feet.

The application states that the factory will be a 22,852-square-foot, one-story building.

The Planning Board toured the property earlier in the day along with Lowe representatives and neighbors. The property is adjacent on the east side of the Sierra Peaks manufacturing plant.

Neighbor Dorothy Prescott of Pleasant Street — whose home is across from the Lowe property — said she was disappointed the Planning Board waived the need for the company to construct a sidewalk along the side of their lot.

The property has extensive ledge, and construction of a sidewalk would be costly. Prescott questioned why other streets west of Broadway have sidewalks, but this section of Pleasant does not.

Another neighbor, Thomas Whiting of Prescott Street, said Rockland should be proud to have such a manufacturing facility in the city. He asked that lighting for the facility be designed as not to be shining on neighboring properties.

Stephen Betts