New hotel plan angers neighbors in Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- People in a neighborhood in Rockland are unhappy about plans to build a five-story hotel at the end of their street. And they say they will try to fight the project at the next planning board meeting.

Thomaston boat-builder Cabot Lyman has been trying for several years to develop the property at the corner of South Main and Pleasant Streets. He had even put in the foundation for a condo project that didn't sell because of the recession, so was never built.

Now he's planning the hotel, described by Lyman's son, Drew, as a "boutique hotel" that will cater to business guests and higher-end customers. Lyman says their studies show a market for that kind of facility.

But neighbors on Pleasant Street complain the new design is much bigger than the previous project, that it will create traffic problems and harm their neighborhood. The neighbors have gathered petition signatures and are planning to take their case to the city's Planning Board May 20.

Cabot Lyman and his son say they understand the neighborhood concerns, but also say the hotel will be an asset to Rockland. Cabot Lyman says he is working with the architect to make changes to the five story back wall of the building, which faces Pleasant Street.

The appearance and mass of that wall is one of the primary complaints of the neighbors, who say they will try to convince the Planning Board to order the project reduced in size.


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