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Rockland industrial building to gain new life

By Stephen Betts | Jan 02, 2021
Photo by: Stephen Betts 65 Tillson Ave. in Rockland

Rockland — An industrial building that has sat idle more than six years will come to life during the winter.

Rockland Code Enforcement Officer Adam Ackor said the owner of 65 Tillson Ave. has leased the industrial building to two different people. The 6,300-square-foot warehouse is owned by Finlay Matheson.

The building was last used by Redlon & Johnson. A fire in a different building on the property in 2014 led to the closure of the plumbing and heating supply company's operation in Rockland.

One side will be leased by a person who plans to fabricate frames for tiny houses, Ackor said.

On the other side, William Rapp, the owner of the Up in Smoke BB, plans to fabricate barbecue pits, the code officer said. The barbecue takeout wagon has leased space on the parcel since early 2019.

The projects do not require city approval other than electrical permits.

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Comments (4)
Posted by: Debra Damon | Jan 05, 2021 08:59

I agree Amy Files why the negative things. I think this is great that this building will be used and not vacant any more. It will bring revenue into the town of Rockland. Congratulations to the new business owners who will be opening shops.


Posted by: Amy Files | Jan 04, 2021 13:45

Exciting news! A vacant building is being leased to local, small business owners/entrepreneurs to produce locally-made goods and services... very cool. I can not, for the life of me, understand why anyone would find a reason to post something negative about this news. Locally-produced goods and services are the best antidote to losing our local economy to global corporations, jobs shipped overseas and cheaply produced goods in asia. Supporting locally-made goods means more local jobs for Rockland and more $ for our local economy.

Posted by: DALE HAYWARD | Jan 03, 2021 16:22

Come on Stephen, this is free enterpri(z)e. We need the tiny home frames for the big push of the City to put one on every front lawn. As for the BB pits, they will be an accessory structure to the tiny homes. Watch and see!

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Jan 03, 2021 09:42

This news is just so typically Rockland.  Anywhere else, the announcement would read " local developer to construct multi-level structure to house retail and luxury oceanfront condo's".  Ours reads: "billionaire waterfront property owner leases broken down garage to those wishing to build barbecue pits and tiny-homes (a housing alternative Rockland is openly hostile towards) ".  To bad the our local officials missed out on yet another opportunity to move City Hall downtown, right near the fish pier.

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