ROCKPORT — Maine’s highest court has reportedly dismissed an appeal of the Rockport village hotel project, citing the timing of the filing.

Attorney Kristin Collins filed the notice of appeal June 22 on behalf of Rockport architect John Priestley. Collins said July 4 that this appeal would focus on the view issue.

The Maine Supreme Judicial Law Court dismissed the appeal as “untimely,” according to a court spokesperson contacted July 5.

Meanwhile construction continues on the Rockport Harbor Hotel being developed by Stuart, Tyler and Marianne Smith at 20 Central St. in Rockport.

“We have about 10 months worth of work remaining on the hotel project and are still aiming for a spring 2023 opening,” said Tyler Smith. “Most of the exterior work, including getting the sidewalk back in order will be finished up over the next month.”

Priestley and a group of residents calling themselves “Friends of Rockport” have opposed the project, arguing it does not meet parking standards, it eliminates a scenic view and it does not match the surrounding architecture, among other criticisms.

The notice filed did not go into detail about the arguments to be made in the new appeal. It is an appeal of the March 3 order by Justice Bruce Mallonee, which in turn was an order on post-judgment motions filed by parties in the case.

The justice said in the order he would not make changes to his Jan. 3 judgment. In that Jan. 3 ruling, Justice Mallonee directed that the Planning Board review the project and consider whether the balconies are in harmony with the architecture of the downtown, which it has since then. In addition, the judge said Jan. 3 the Planning Board must review the parking waiver granted years ago to the nearby Union Hall, and to look at the Sandy’s Way parking lot to determine the extent it is shared with other businesses and the public.

The town’s Zoning Board has recently dealt with two appeals filed concerning the hotel project, and it has voted to uphold the town’s Planning Board and Code Officer decisions to allow the hotel project to continue.