Lyman hotel construction set for fall, city says

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 19, 2014
Courtesy of: Scattergood Design The proposed hotel, looking north on Main Street, from Scattergood Design's architectural plans submitted to the city June 4.

Rockland — Construction of Cabot Lyman's $2.9 million, 26-suite boutique hotel is not expected to begin until the fall to avoid the summer tourist season, acting City Manager Thomas Luttrell said June 17.

He said construction may start as soon as September on the five-story project, located at 250 Main St. The Planning Board approved the hotel site plan June 10.

City officials including Mayor Larry Pritchett and Code Enforcement Officer John Root said they have not yet been informed by Lyman as to whether he will pave a planned 30-space parking lot to be leased from the state Department of Transportation. The lot will be located near the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center.

"It will require Planning Board review, particularly for review of drainage," Root said by email June 17.

Lyman, who has filed the project at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets under the name ADZ Properties, did not return a message left June 17 at Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding in Thomaston.

In a four-page letter to Lyman dated June 16 from Planning Board Chairman Erik Laustsen, the city formally presented more than 31 findings of fact, conclusions, its decision including five conditions, and a note to the applicant.

Among the findings of fact are: the estimated time of completion is June 2015; the sidewalk adjacent to the proposed building on both Main Street and Pleasant Street will be rebuilt to city-approved standards with granite curbing and sidewalk pavers in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; the proposed building will be serviced by public water and sewer, and by underground electric; trash will be handled in the basement so there will be no need for a dumpster outside; and the applicant will work toward an agreement with Rock City Roasters in an attempt to resolve problems with smoke arising from the (coffee bean) roasting process.

Among the five conditions applied to site plan approval are that any protrusions, including building overhangs and awnings, must receive City Council approval, and that a performance bond is required based on the cost of public improvements such as sidewalks and road work.

The note to the applicant states, "This project must be completed within two years from the initial date of approval and a Certificate of Occupancy issued by the Code Office or project review must begin anew (including fees)."

Luttrell said the $2.9 million hotel will generate about $60,000 in yearly property taxes for the city.

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Comments (10)
Posted by: Frank Brown | Jun 20, 2014 12:13

40 hour work week x 4 weeks a month x 10 months x 10 employees.

America can was made great by a free capitalist society which is being greatly hindered here. It's hard enough to start a business in Maine as it is.

Posted by: Amy Files | Jun 20, 2014 07:35

I live on Pleasant St.

My partner and I chose to move here because we fell in love with Rockland and its balance of small town and culture. We also fell in love with our 125+ year old home which we plan to slowly fix up. Yes - we are right next to the train - but we also live in a Residential zone which we expect to be protected as residential - as our Comprehensive Plan (a legally-binding document required from our State) clearly dictates.

It is offensive to hear people talk about our street and neighborhood in such a negative light. Pleasant Street is a truly vibrant neighborhood and a very pedestrian community. Within the first two months of owning our home we met a huge amount of neighbors because so many walk down Pleasant to get to town. Pleasant Street is a very important pedestrian corridor and gateway for our neighborhood.

Our neighbors have chickens - not too long ago there were cows only a few blocks away - and we plan to transform our yard into a large garden. We are on a first-name basis with many many neighbors - throughout our whole neighborhood - not just adjacent. The Pleasant Street neighborhood is home to a tight community and special fabric that should be cared for and encouraged. It is actively attracting new folks like ourselves - the same younger entrepreneurs and business owners that Maine and Rockland have for so long complained that they need. Now that Rockland is successfully attracting us -- is your message really going to be: "Move somewhere else"?

Posted by: Susan Sinclair | Jun 19, 2014 21:33

Wow, that rendering pic is really pretty sweet. Rockland is not a quiet little rural enclave, I honestly don't know why homeowners wouldn't embrace a luxury anything going up near them. It may be that you'll eventually sell your property (that is apparently causing you to be strapped and stressed anyway) for a good price to another builder who will build something better suited to the area AS IT WILL BE IN THE FUTURE, not as the area was 50 years ago.

Posted by: Frank Brown | Jun 19, 2014 19:26

Congrats Mr. Lyman. Glad to see your hotel approved and am excited for the Tens of thousands of hours of work and labor you will bring to our area. Not to mention the tourists that will come to spend at our restaurants, shops, boat yards, gas stations etc.

It is un-American to say you cannot grow and build your business especially when are are well within the law.

I hope more entrepreneurs like you choose Rockland to start their business and let's lower those property taxes!

Posted by: ALBERT E COLSON | Jun 19, 2014 19:00

I personally think this is going to be a big improvement to the area as well as to the city. Jobs are jobs even if starting out at minimum wage. We should be thankful that business want to come here as it helps our city to grow.        Joan

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jun 19, 2014 14:38

I live on So Main, three blocks from that hotel site. When you move in an area that is close to the business district you have to expect noise and traffic. I lived the first eighteen years of my life on State Street and there was nothing special about Pleasant Street then and there still isn't. People make the world what it is not somebody's image of how it should be. If you buy a house by the train tracks more likely then not a train will appear. These people that are complaining about the hotel complain about the restaurants and lounges close by. They should sell and move to a quieter location because Pleasant Street isn't any hidden gem.

Posted by: Susan P Reitman | Jun 19, 2014 13:52

I have some questions.  If you lived in a home like the ones on Pleasant Street that are very close to the hotel would you want to continue to live there if you had a choice?  Would you stay or would you sell your home if you could and move away from the hotel?  Will the homes located close to the hotel lose value because some home buyers may not want to live in such close proximity to a hotel where people are coming and going 24 hours a day?  I know that l lot of people DO NOT like my posts but I would really like answers to my questions to get a feel how people really feel about this hotel.  Also what is going to happen to Rockland's property tax? It seems to me that property taxes in Rockland should go down since the hotel is supposed to bring revenue into Rockland's city coffers.

Posted by: wilfred w hendron | Jun 19, 2014 13:37

I'm happy to see the City of Rockland and the Midcoast area finally making some progress. As a Rockland native and now a citizen of New York City its almost sad to come home and see little to no progress happening in the area. The key to a stable local economy is growth, progress, and adult education.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Jun 19, 2014 12:43

I certainly think the proposed hotel looks a heck of a lot better than the building that sat there before. Wouldn't you agree Sonja?


Posted by: Sonja Sleeper | Jun 19, 2014 12:02

A crying shame, no effort made to blend into the existing neighborhood, more minimum wage jobs and still with the seasonal twist on business, we already have Bar Harbor, Camden and Boothbay's in the area do we want another tourist trap?  We also have nothing unique to offer the tourist.  Adding these contemporary structures do nothing for the area and nothing for the city.  I also have to ask what will happen to property tax in this area.  Going up I am sure.


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