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Restaurant looks to move into Lighthouse Museum

By Stephen Betts | Nov 18, 2020
Maine Lighthouse Museum at 1 Park Drive

The Park Street Grille is seeking to move into the Maine Lighthouse Museum.

Jill Goodridge and John Bowden filed an application Nov. 12 with the city code enforcement office to move into space owned by the Museum at 1 Park Drive.

The Rockland Planning Board is expected to review the proposal in January.

The application states the restaurant will occupy nearly 5,000 square feet. The renovation costs are estimated at $150,000 and will take four to six weeks to complete once undertaken.

The restaurant has been at neighboring 279 Main St. since 2004. Restaurant owner Jill Goodridge said earlier this year that she, her husband and their three children have worked at the restaurant for 17 years.

279 Main St. LLC owner Crystal Darling has a proposal pending before the Planning Board to demolish most of the 279 Main St. building and convert the property into a commercial parking lot.

Goodridge said earlier this year, she learned about the plans when she called the building's owner Darling to see if the restaurant could use additional space inside the building with the departure of the Midcoast Music Academy and artist Jonathan Frost.

The restaurant employs 25 people.

The Maine Lighthouse Museum has been at the Park Drive level of 1 Park Drive since it leased space from MBNA in 2005.

In 2007, the Museum, along with the city and the Rockland Festival Corporation, purchased the 1 Park Drive building for $505,000. The building is operated through a condominium arrangement with the three parties paying a share of the expenses based on the square footage they occupy.

The Museum has struggled over the years in keeping up with the costs of having the space.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Nov 19, 2020 08:29

Several City officials have repeatedly told me over the last couple of years that the town has been subsidizing the Lighthouse museum for quite some time.  When I asked "why not move them down to Jim Sharps's South end museum" ?  no response was forthcoming.  I would like to know how much City funding was involved in propping up the Lighthouse museum in the past few years ?  Oddly no mention in this story of the subsidy only that "the museum has struggled..."  Lots going on behind the scenes that residents are unaware of or probably care nothing about.

Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Nov 18, 2020 14:58

This is such great news for everyone concerned.  Now let us hope the City of Rockland grants the permits for the parking lot because they are going to need it.

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