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Rockport hotel responds to petitions

By Jackson Long | Mar 17, 2020
Source: 20 Central Street Revised Site Plan Pictured is a drawing of the proposed hotel.

Rockport — Tyler Smith, a representative of 20 Central Street LLC, responded to the petitions put forth by Rockport residents in regards to the new hotel.

In an email statement, Smith said, “My understanding is that these petitions are spearheaded by part-time residents who either oppose the hotel outright or who rent their houses out in the village and are concerned about the hotel impacting their personal rentals.”

Smith also said, “Throughout the five-month site plan process, we have worked hard to completely comply with the Land Use Ordinance and have received no special waivers or exceptions in our approval of the site plan.”

The two petitions aim to amend the Land Use Ordinance in regards to parking and the number of rooms allowed in a hotel. If the amendments pass, the hotel will be required to bring the number of guest rooms from 26 to 20. The hotel has already revised the number of rooms once, bringing the total number of guest rooms from 35 to 26.

In regards to the people putting forth the petition, Smith has said: “Unfortunately for voters, I don’t believe that those circulating the petitions have been completely transparent and forthright in their arguments and personal interests when presenting their case.”

The two petitions are currently in the process of becoming certified by the Town Clerk.

“We believe the hotel will be a wonderful addition to the village,” Smith stated. The interior design for the hotel is being finalized, and construction will start this coming fall."

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Douglas Erickson | Mar 19, 2020 07:16

A few years ago the Ordinance Review Committee developed wording for the ordinance that went through all the stages of review by The Planning Board, and Select Board.  The amendment to the town ordinance was then  placed on the November Warant and the citizens voted on it,  and allowed this type of Development in Rockport Village. Anyone can go back and look at the minutes of the meetings. The discussions included how many beds and parking.  Press on Tyler and don't let opposing forces get you down.

Posted by: Jeannie L. Wood | Mar 17, 2020 11:52

Tyler,don't let them drag you down. You folks are doing a wonderful job & have been very considerate in trying to keep people happy. Which in that neck of the woods can be very challenging. Swood

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