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Home Kitchen Cafe bakery nears final review

By Stephen Betts | Apr 06, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts The Rockland Planning Board met April 6 at 19 North Main St. where Home Kitchen Café plans to build a bakery with offices and residential space on the second floor.

Rockland — The Rockland Planning Board is expected to give final approval in two weeks to a proposal by the Home Kitchen Café owners to build a new building on an adjacent lot.

The board reviewed April 6 the proposal for 19 North Main St.

The plan by Home Kitchen calls for demolishing the existing building at 19 North Main, which previously was used by Home Kitchen for an ice cream shop.

In its place would be a two-story, 3,000-square-foot building. The ground level would be the bakery and the second floor would be offices and an apartment.

The board asked for a few technical points to be added to the plan, but Chair Erik Laustsen said the board has no issues with the proposal and is likely to approve it at the board's next meeting April 20.

The $350,000 project will take five months to complete from when board approval is received.

Home Kitchen, owned by James Hatch and Susan Schiro, operated Cone Home in 2014 before purchasing 19 North Main St. in January 2016.

The two started Home Kitchen Café at adjacent 650 Main St. in February 2009.

The Planning Board also approved at its April 6 meeting a request by Rockport Homes Inc. to modify the Riverwood Subdivision Plan and allow a duplex to be built on one lot. The subdivision was approved about 10 years ago with the covenants limiting buildings to single family homes.

Several neighbors spoke out against the change, saying they purchased their lots with the understanding that only single-family homes would be allowed.

The board also met briefly with the developers for the new regional nursing home off Old County Road but took no action. That project is also expected to go back before the board April 20.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Apr 07, 2021 08:33

James & susan are fine examples of entrepreneurs who have worked diligently to create an outstanding business model.  I am disappointed however in their choice of an architect.  It looks quite similar to the first chicken coop I ever built.  This structure blends into the existing neighborhood similar to the TD bank chinese pagoda on Union street. I am confident that once built I shall overlook the ugliness of the building and frequently enjoy the assortment of fabulous bakery goods within.

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