Business, city projects on horizon

Ocean State Job Lot, sand-salt shed steam ahead

CMCA headed to planning board
By Daniel Dunkle | Jan 08, 2014
Source: File photo Ocean State Job Lot has purchased the former Wal-Mart building on Camden Street.

Rockland — Business and building projects are moving forward in Rockland, according to documents at the city code enforcement office.

Code Enforcement Officer John Root has approved the building permit for Ocean State Job Lot, which will locate a store in half of the former Wal-Mart building on Camden Street.

The project does not need planning board approval.

The permit to renovate the building for use of the new store was granted Dec. 24. The project is expected to cost $225,000.

The store is expected to open in the spring.

The Rockland Planning Board will review the city's application to build a sand-and-salt shed at its meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 5:15 p.m.

The city plans to construct a 9,100-square-foot metal building at 400 Limerock St. (near the city transfer station, which also can be accessed from Pleasant Street). The project is expected to cost up to $561,000.

The new Center for Maine Contemporary Art project will also come back to the planning board at that meeting to continue its pre-application discussions.

The nonprofit CMCA plans to move from its longtime location in the Rockport firehouse to 21 Winter St. in Rockland to increase access and space. The plans call for replacing the existing building, the one-time Fireproof Garage Co., with a new city landmark.

Drawings presented show an outdoor courtyard with small trees, a glassed-in lobby facing the street, and a large exhibition building with a saw-tooth roof and north-facing skylights to take advantage of natural daylight.

The center would have 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, a gift shop, ArtLab (for art education) and a lecture hall.

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at or 594-4401 ext. 122.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Jan 21, 2014 05:07

Many of us appreciate WalMart and Job Lots because that is what we can afford. :( 


Posted by: Carol W Bachofner | Jan 21, 2014 02:01

It is discouraging to see that another "junk" store will be gracing our city. Cheapo stores that sell cheapo products and ends of lots is not going to make us look anything but cheap. If we are going to have big box stores we need to be going after something of value to the community like Target, Kohls, Trader Joes, or Costco. Wally World leaving gave me hope, but the City Council is willing to replace cheap with cheap and doesn't look beyond cheap to see that we can have better and increase our economy.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jan 08, 2014 16:59

That's about par for the course. One out of three taxable.

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