ROCKLAND —The Midcoast Habitat for Humanity’s plan to build 13 units of affordable housing on Talbot Avenue gained final approval Tuesday night.

The Rockland Planning Board approved the project at its May 17 meeting on a 3-1 vote with Board member Ian Emmott opposed. The project was first proposed to the city two years ago.

Habitat plans to build 13 residences on the 10.6-acre lot. The first phase will be the six 500-square-foot homes to be managed by the Knox County Homeless Coalition. The second phase will be two duplexes, also to be managed by the Homeless Coalition. The two-bedroom units will be 900 square feet and the three-bedroom units 1,100 square feet.

The final phase would be the three Habitat homes of 900 square feet.

Most of the lot will remain undeveloped.

The organization will need to get approval from the wastewater plant director before it can connect into the city’s sewer system. Habitat Executive Director Tia Anderson said the organization has the money to pay for separating the stormwater and sewer lines in the adjacent neighborhood. The cost is estimated at $200,000. She said the city is looking to apply for a grant to help pay for that separation.

After two years of opposition from neighbors, there were no speakers during the final public hearing held during the May 17 meeting.

Planning Board member Ian Emmott asked whether Habitat had considered working with the city on swapping land and develop the property where the MacDougal Park is located. He said the Talbot Avenue site is simply not the proper place for a housing development.

Anderson said Habitat had contacted the city several years ago but that the need for affordable housing was not a priority. The City Council formally made MacDougal a park in 2017.

Anderson said when the Talbot Avenue property came up sale, notices were sent out to neighbors but no one expressed interest until after Habitat purchased it and announced its plans.

She said construction on the road could begin in a month.

The city acquired the MacDougal property from Regional School Unit 13 in 2010 after the former elementary school was closed. The building was demolished and the city has considered multiple uses for the 4 acres in the ensuing seven years. Those options have included creating housing and using the land for a solar farm.

The land, however, has a deed restriction. A February 1931 deed from the Rockland Community and School Improvement Association to the city stated the land “perpetually be dedicated to the boys and girls of Rockland.” No buildings are allowed on the land other than a school. MacDougal was built in 1954 and torn down in 2012.

The Rockland Planning Board met Tuesday evening, May 17.