The ups and downs of Rockland construction

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts A garage at the corner of Cedar and Main streets was torn down Thursday, Sept. 6. The house will also be demolished to make way for a mixed residential and commercial project.

Rockland — As one commercial building is taking shape on Main Street in Rockland, a garage and house are being leveled a short distance away for another business space.

A garage at the intersection of Main and Cedar streets was leveled Thursday morning, Sept. 6 and the adjacent house at 4-6 Cedar St. is set to also be demolished.

The house is a Cape Cod-style house with 1,290 square feet of living space, four bedrooms and one bathroom.

JBRE LLC plans to construct a 4,750-square-foot building consisting of a retail business and a separate two-unit residence on the lot. The project received the Planning Board's approval on Feb. 20.

The $850,000 project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2019.

JBRE, owned by Barney Hildreth of Rockport, purchased the property late last year from Charles Rowling III. The new owner is interested in attracting an artisan-type business to the retail part of the development, Code Enforcement Officer John Root said earlier this year.

And down the road at 696 Main St., a commercial office building is taking shape.

C.N. Brown got approval May 1 to construct a 1,300-square-foot building to replace the similar-sized 1951-built structure that was torn down earlier this summer.

The $500,000 project is expected to be completed in about three months. At the time of Planning Board approval there were no tenants for the new building.


Comments (3)
Posted by: Sumner Kinney | Sep 07, 2018 06:31

Further economic development in Rockland, as a result of the strong economy of President Trump.  Just sayin.

Posted by: Sandra Schramm | Sep 06, 2018 16:17

With these two office entities, why do we need a business center on Upper Pleasant St. That are is much more suitable for affordable housing. The lot before Kno Wal Lin building is high and seems like a great location for houses.


Posted by: Kendall Merriam | Sep 06, 2018 13:31

Maybe it was not possible, however, given Rockland's paucity of affordable housing, could the cape have been saved and moved for an affordable home?

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