It was roughly a year ago that workers demolished the skeletal remains of a 100-year-old sardine cannery on the Belfast waterfront in preparation for what would become Front Street Shipyard.

On Feb. 21, the City Council approved a first reading of an amendment to the contract rezoning agreement with the Shipyard that would allow for a new building on the site of the old cannery. Representatives of the shipyard say construction will likely begin in mid-April.

The old cannery became known as Building 1 during the rounds of litigation against the previous owner of the property, and the name has stuck. As proposed, the new Building 1 would occupy a slightly larger footprint than the old building, and at 40 feet high would be substantially taller than the cannery was.

Plans show a pitched roof, sloping to the north and south with a series of five tall garage doors along the Front Street side and a series of small windows facing out to the water. According to plans, the building would be used primarily for boat storage.

The amendment considered by the Council on Tuesday would add roughly 4,000 square feet to the original footprint of the building, making it a total of 15,600 square feet.

The Council also reviewed a series of agreements related to: land ownership and easements on and around the shipyard property; the commercial lease agreement for the roughly 50,000 square feet of city-owned land surrounding the shipyard’s newest and largest building at the south end of the property; and policies designed to ensure that the proposed Belfast Harbor Walk, which would pass directly through the shipyard, will be kept open to the public with minimal interruptions.

City Planner Wayne Marshall described the process of negotiating the legal documents with shipyard representatives in the kind of glowing terms that have come to characterize discussions of the seemingly charmed shipyard development.

Marshall noted that he couldn’t think of another case in which the city would allow a business to build anything like the 22,000-square-foot boat servicing shop erected by the shipyard on city property last year without resolving the legalities first.

“We haven’t let a little thing like property ownership hold up these people from getting under way with their business,” he joked.

Four representatives from the Shipyard were present at the meeting: JB Turner, Steven White, Kenneth Priest and Susan Priest.

The Council tabled action on the documents until its March 6 meeting.

Council calls for federal review of LPG proposal

At the urging of opponents of a 22.7-million-gallon liquefied petroleum gas storage facility and terminal proposed for construction in Searsport, the Council voted to draft a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers requesting an Environmental Impact Study of the project.

Peter Wilkerson and Christopher Hyk of Belfast each urged the Council to follow the lead of Islesboro and North Haven, where selectmen recently called for review of the project by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Wilkerson described the struggle between local anti-tank activists and the developer DCP Midstream as a “war” and asked Belfast to join in the opposition, noting that the opportunity to comment regarding a federal Environmental Impact Study closes in one week.

“The scene has been exposed and opposition continues to grow,” he said. “But we have a short time to act.”

After some discussion, the Council added it to the agenda and voted unanimously to send out a letter based on the one sent by Islesboro selectmen.

Arts coordinator meets the Council

Kimberly Callas, the regional arts coordinator recently hired by the newly-created Belfast Creative Coalition — a group comprised of the city, Waterfall Arts, Our Town Belfast and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center — introduced herself to the Council Tuesday night.

Callas spoke briefly about her goals in the new grant-funded position, which center on boosting the local creative economy. She thanked the Council for its support and said she would report back in a month after talking to community leaders.

The Creative Coalition will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, March 13 at the Hutchinson Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In other business Tuesday night, the Council:

• approved the hire of two new reserve police officers, Harry Patterson and John S. Hayslip.

• approved application guidelines for the selection of brownfield sites, relating to a brownfield assessment grant administrated by the city.

• applied for a $25,000 Green Downtowns grant for new tree plantings.