Rockland business eyes prime Rockport location

By Louis Bettcher | Jan 07, 2018
Source: Megunticook Real Estate The former Fuller Chevy dealership at 330 Commercial St. in Rockport

Rockport — Midcoast Marine Electronics, a company based in Rockland, may be relocating their business to the 330 Commercial St. property in Rockport, once occupied by Fuller Chevrolet.

Dennis York, President of Midcoast Marine Electronics, presented renderings of the property and discussed his future plans for the site at a Dec. 27 meeting of the Rockport Planning Board. The second agenda item consisted of a Development Review and a Final Site Plan Review. After speaking to York, the board voted unanimously that a Site Plan was not applicable at that time.

"We have advised the applicant that some of his ideas for future build-out and occupancy of the site may yet require site plan but, at this time, a building permit will be enough to relocate his existing business," said Rockport Town Planner, James Francomano, on Jan. 3.

York said at the meeting that he hopes to create a buffer along the front of the building which faces Route 1, and add a handicapped accessible entrance. He plans to add small, low shrubbery that will add some coverage between the road and the building, but will not interfere with the visibility of drivers visiting the store. York said that he would like to plant cedar trees on the Pascal Avenue side of the building, to add privacy to the rear of the property.

"That would separate the building and the back lot so if I do have boat storage in the winter time, because I would like to [offer] some short term storage and work on vessels," said York, who added that the tar surface of the back lot is likely only suitable to winter storage for vessels, at a time when the ground is completely solid.

One of the tenets for applicability of site plan review, as listed in Rockport's current Land Use Ordinance is a change in the intensity of the site's use. Francomano stated that a boat storage and work on large vessels would likely contribute far less traffic to the property than it's previous iteration as a car dealership.

Francomano said that Code Officer Scott Bickford could enforce some landscape provisions, but perhaps not "be in a position to customize the landscaping to a degree [board members] might like."

"You don't need to be before us, good luck," said Chair John Alexander to York. "We're happy to have you here, and welcome to Rockport."

"I encourage you to do anything you can to make [the property] look better...do the landscaping as time and budget allows," said board member Warren Erickson as the meeting broke for a recess.

The property, which is categorized into two parcels, spans the corner of Pascal Avenue and Commercial Street (Route 1), and is offered at $649,670 on the Megunticook Real Estate website. Listed with a status of "pending," the property consists of 3.5 acres, 1.5 of which are paved.

Built in 1970, the property was last sold in 1999 to Tammy and Edward Kolmosky for $675,000. Over the following years the property has been listed in town tax maps as being owned by Kolmosky #2 LLC.

Midcoast Marine Electronics is currently located at 700 Main St. in Rockland. According to its website, the company was founded in 1999 and specializes in the sales, service and installation of electronic maritime equipment.

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