ROCKLAND — The Rockland Planning Board will review a proposal to create nine apartments on the upper floors of a downtown building on Oct. 18.

The Berry Block project at 404-408 Main St. has been selected by the Maine State Housing Authority for potential funding under the affordable rental program.

The developer is Caleb Lincoln under the company name Lake City Investment LLC. The project needs Planning Board review because it is considered a subdivision (three or more units).

Lincoln appeared before the Planning Board on April 5 to discuss in general terms his plans. The presentation was met by support from Chair Erik Laustsen.

Lincoln has a purchase and sales agreement to buy 404-408 Main St., where Loyal Biscuit and Huston-Tuttle are located on the street level. The proposal is that he would then rent that street level space back to the retailers. The property is currently owned by Fennylicious LLC which is owned by Heidi and Joel Neal.

In April, he said the redevelopment of the upper three floors would create three studio apartments, three one-bedroom apartments, and three two-bedroom apartments. Lincoln said after the April meeting, he had no estimate on what the monthly rents would be for the new units.

Rockland Main Street Inc. Executive Director David Gogel said at the April meeting the redevelopment of the historic building is exactly what is needed downtown. He said increasing the density of people living downtown will continue the revitalization of the downtown.

Planning Board Chair Erik Laustsen said he was excited by the proposal.

Lincoln also operates Botany at 409 Main St.