ROCKLAND — The nine apartments to be created on the upper floors of a downtown business block are planned to be affordable units.

Developer Caleb Lincoln appeared before the Rockland Planning Board on Tuesday night, Oct. 18, at which time the Board ruled the application as complete. He will return on Nov. 1 for a formal public hearing and likely final approval by the Board.

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. If approved, the rents would be no more than 30 percent of the income of tenants. Eligible tenants would be people who earn no more than 80 percent of the region’s median income — which equals to about $46,000 annually.

There will be six one-bedroom and three two-bedroom apartments. The units will have heat pumps with supplemental electric baseboard heat. There will be on demand hot water.

The developer is 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).

The developer 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.

The closing of the sale is expected by May 21, 2023.

Rockland Main Street Inc. Executive Director David Gogel said at an April Planning Board 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.

Lincoln also operates Botany at 409 Main St.

The Rockland Planning Board met Tuesday night, Oct. 18.