Work begins on new group home in Rockland

By Stephen Betts | Dec 05, 2018
Photo by: Stephen Betts Construction trucks work at 190 Limerock St. in Rockland.

Rockland — Construction trucks were at work this week making way for the construction of a group home for adults with developmental disabilities.

The Rockland Code Enforcement Office issued a building permit in November to allow for construction of the 8,896-square-foot, one-story home at 190 Limerock St., adjacent to the Rockland Congregational Church.

Coastal Opportunities purchased the 5-acre lot from the church in November 2017 for $94,250.

The building will eventually replace the 30-year-old Katherine Brown Home -- a group home in Hope. The new house will accommodate eight residents.

The project did not require review by the Rockland Planning Board because state law classifies group homes of eight beds or less as single-family homes, which do not require review or approval by the Planning Board.

The organization estimated in August that the project would cost between $1.5 million and $2 million.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Harold Bryson Mosher | Dec 06, 2018 09:36

Free loaders, Stephen?  Why don't you see to the needs of adults with multiple disabilities for thirty years or so and see if you would let someone get away with calling you a freeloader.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 06, 2018 08:49

Can I assume coastal opportunities is a non-profit organization and if so will they be paying property taxes ? Havn't we exceeded our limit on free loaders ?

Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Dec 05, 2018 14:21

I am so happy this is about to begin. The Katherine House in Hope was a great inspiration for the town and the town rallied around it. To expand to Rockland would allow for more access to those in need of a home to cater to individual needs. Perhaps more industry would benefit for the potential workforce as it did in the Camden Industrial "Tibbett's" workforce.

Mary A. (Brown)McKeever, --former Hope Postmaster and Hope Store owner.


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