Planning board grants permit to renovate Cross Street building
Belfast — Planning Board members granted a permit to the owners of a Cross Street property to renovate the building into retail and residential space.
An application was submitted to the Planning Board for review by Seth Thayer and Greg Tinder to renovate their building, located at 2 Cross Street. Thayer told board members Wednesday, Aug. 14, the pair plan to renovate the basement and first floor of the building into retail space, while the third and fourth floors would be a duplex-style apartment.
No comments were made during a public hearing at the meeting and City Planner Wayne Marshall said the city did not receive any written or emailed comments.
Thayer said they would construct four parking spaces in the back lot on the property — including one handicap space — which they felt would be adequate due to the proximity of the Cross Street lot. He said the property would require a total of 12 spaces, but asked that the additional spaces beyond the four that would be constructed be waived.
The handicap space would be closest to the building, Thayer told board members.
Board member Roger Pickering said he wouldn't have an issue with waiving the parking requirements, noting the Cross Street lot is less than 100 feet from the building and there is on-street parking available.
The board also required Thayer and Tinder to use a hard pack material of some kind for the handicap parking space, commenting that loose gravel would be too difficult to navigate with crutches or in a wheel chair.
Before board members voted on waiving the parking requirement, Marshall explained the city's plans for constructing a “major pedestrian walkway” that would stretch from Main Street to Belfast Common. Marshall said in order to construct the walkway, the city is working with Thayer and Tinder, as well as other property owners in the area, to acquire land.
Marshall said the city is looking at acquiring about three feet of Thayer and Tinder's property at 2 Cross Street. By doing so, Marshall said some space in front of the building would eliminated that could potentially be used for parking. He also asked that there be a record that the city will hold the property owners harmless if the city acquires the three feet of land for construction of the sidewalk.
“It will be nice to see that building renovated,” board member Elizabeth Minor said.
Board members unanimously voted to grant a permit to Thayer and Tinder.
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