Lyman addresses hotel project

By Cabot Lyman | May 16, 2014

Dear Rockland Residents and Business Owners:

As local residents and business owners (we live in Cushing and operate a boat building business in Thomaston), we have always been attracted to the many features Rockland offers to tourists, boaters and residents. Rockland is rich with culture, offering restaurants, museums, shops, festivals, galleries, entertainment venues and spectacular scenery. The town has a real heart and soul, and we would love to be a part of it by building a 26-­room boutique hotel located at 250 Main St.

There has been a lot of talk about the project proposed for 250 Main. We hope the following will be helpful in clarifying some facts and outlining what our project entails.

Our initial proposal for the location was for a mixed-­use five‐story condominium project. The original design, which proposed the same height and similar exterior architecture as our current plan, was approved by the town in 2010. Unfortunately the economy was not as quick to turn around and we chose to delay construction. However, Rockland continued to go through her renaissance and we have since identified a real demand for a small hotel to serve not only the bustling tourist business, but also year-­round business travelers.

What is the basic plan? The proposal is to build a 26-­room boutique hotel to open summer of 2015. Accommodations would be in the upscale mid-­‐market range.

What is the market? Year-­round business travelers and visitors to the area, who might, in the current climate, opt for the Hampton Inn or Samoset. 250 Main will offer a bit more upscale accommodations than the current Rockland hotel/motels. Much like the diversity of cuisines and price points in the Rockland restaurant scene, we see our project as another option for those looking for lodging in our community.

Height: We have gone through all the necessary steps and conformed to the city's requirements. The proposed height was approved in 2010. Whether we were building condos or a small hotel, the height maximizes the site's small footprint and conforms to the city's standards for a compact downtown zone.

Parking: Parking is not required for projects located within the Downtown Zone. However, it will be provided on the adjacent block, between Park and Pleasant streets, through a lease with the Maine State Department of Transportation land.

Traffic: At maximum capacity, we are talking roughly 26 cars — a small impact on the traffic volume on a daily basis. And here's the thing — because we are in town — guests can walk to all that Rockland has to offer. There is no bar or restaurant in the lobby, so there will be no additional traffic or the deliveries associated with those businesses.

Design of the hotel: The design is a contemporary approach to the diverse downtown architectural styles, with a modern terra-­‐cotta nod to the classic brick look prominently seen toward the other end of Main Street. As we are all entitled to our own taste and opinions, please know that we take this process very seriously. The City of Rockland has its rules and regulations for developing the Downtown Zone and the proposed structure abides by those rules.

As you may know, there is Public Hearing on Tuesday, May 20, at 5:15 p.m. at the City of Rockland Municipal Building, Council Chambers 270 Pleasant St. We encourage you to attend and voice your support for this project.

Please email us if you have any further questions -—


Cabot Lyman

Comments (7)
Posted by: John H McFadden III | May 19, 2014 17:34

I think instead of a new Hotel, we need more employment in Rockland!  The hell with the Hotel!

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 18, 2014 09:05

Funny how these locals that choose not to live in Rockland and didn't want their children educated here love Rockland when they think they can make a buck.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 17, 2014 18:00

To KD please don't get your panties in a bunch about my NEGATIVITY.  I moved to Rockland in 2006 because it is a beautiful place but like any place you live there are things that make you angry.  The things that make me angry here in Rockland is RSU-13, the above hotel, and the fact that the city is talking about increasing dump fee from $65.00 a year to $143.00 a year.  I am not alone in my objection to RSU-13, the above hotel, and the proposed increase in dump fees.  This is a free country with free speech and not everyone agrees with everything and that is what makes the world go around.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 17, 2014 15:20

I would love to read the comments on FACEBOOK but unfortunately I do not have an account with FACEBOOK and do not want one.  I do suggest the people, WHO OPPOSE THIS HOTEL, living near where this hotel is going to be built talk to an attorney and see if there is a way they can legally stop this hotel from being built in their neighborhood.

Posted by: Amy Files | May 17, 2014 09:40

Rockland Residents have responded to Lyman's letter here:


Posted by: Kathryn Dow | May 16, 2014 20:32

I have never heard anyone spew so much negativity in my whole life....about everything.  I'm not sure why you even live in seem to hate it.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | May 16, 2014 18:11

I can see the residents, in the dead of winter, when snow is up to their butts, walking to what restaurants that are open in the winter in Rockland.  The sidewalks in the winter time are not cleared very well.  Last winter I tried to get into the Brass Compass and the sidewalks were so full of snow and Ice I gave up because I didn't feel like falling and breaking something. "PARKING IS NOT REQUIRED FOR PROJECTS LOCATED WITHIN THE DOWNTOWN ZONE."  For Christ's sake what kind of a stupid rule is that?  When you were planning to build condos just where were the residents supposed to park.  No one wants to have to park blocks away from where they are living and go to and fro in the rain and snow.  So the patrons are going to walk a couple of blocks in the rain and snow with their luggage to get into the hotel.  So just how is the valet parking supposed to work in a residential neighborhood?  What is the square foot of the rooms going to be?  What is it going to cost to stay in this hotel.  I know this hotel is going to be built and there is not a thing that the Citizens of Rockland can do about it because 'MONEY TALKS' and the Planning Board Walks.  Yes the hotel will bring tax money to Rockland but at what price to the neighbors who live near this fiasco.  I firmly believe that after all is said and done the powers that be in the City of Rockland will be VERY SORRY they allowed this hotel to be built.  The correct hotel for this area is the one proposed overlooking Rockland Harbor and if that one is approved your hotel is going to die on the vine.  I have a sinking feeling if your hotel is allowed to be built the people proposing the hotel overlooking Rockland Harbor will shelve their plans to build the hotel which will be unfortunate for Rockland

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