Former Bicknell complex eyed for development

By Stephen Betts | Mar 22, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts The former Bicknell Manufacturing building is being eyed for possible redevelopment with a mix of retail and residential.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation Monday evening, March 25, on plans to possibly redevelop the former Bicknell Manufacturing plant at 11 Lime St.

City officials say details on the proposed redevelopment will be revealed at the meeting. The council meeting begins at 5:30 p.m., but the Bicknell discussion is not expected to begin until 6:30.

The presentation is expected to be made by Valerie Landsburg, who could not be reached for comment.

The former Bicknell building is zoned waterfront, which allows for a wide range of commercial and industrial activities. Dwellings are not allowed.

A mix of retail on the ground floor and residences on the second floor would require a zoning amendment by the City Council to allow for residences in the zone.

The building is owned by Rockland Granite Co. LLC, whose principal member is Finlay Matheson of Miami, Fla. The company has owned the property since January 2004, when it purchased the former plant for $450,000.

The property is slightly more than 1 acre, with a building covering more than 26,000 square feet.

Bicknell was founded in 1890 to serve the granite industry. For more than 100 years it manufactured drill bits and later pneumatic tools for the construction industry.

The business was sold to competitor Tamco Manufacturing in 1996. Tamco closed the plant in October 1998.

Comments (6)
Posted by: Joseph Steinberger | Mar 25, 2019 20:59

I totally agree with Gerald on this. Once we get it, and the City allows mixed commercial-residential development, we will see great improvement in our economic situation and our housing situation. What is downtown Main Street, after all?



Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Mar 23, 2019 14:54

Mixed-use development is the norm in cities throughout the world. In fact, without the residential use, commercial areas are devoid of life after business hours. Even shopping mall developers are beginning to add apartments to them.



Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Mar 23, 2019 14:54

Mixed-use development is the norm in cities throughout the world. In fact, without the residential use, commercial areas are devoid of life after business hours. Even shopping mall developers are beginning to add apartments to them.



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Mar 22, 2019 15:50

Mixed commercial and residential? I wish the residents luck. Soon to clash, methinks.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Mar 22, 2019 14:16

I wouldn't get too excited about affordable rents in this area. The only affordable rents around here are subsidized.



Posted by: Katie Drinkwater | Mar 22, 2019 11:51

Affordable rents? Sure hope so.



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