BELFAST — The newly proposed building to be located at 126 Church St. encountered a bit of a setback during the Planning Board’s meeting July 13, when board held up  final site plan approval pending input from the city’s engineer.

The proposed building will include office space on the first floor and two rental units on the second floor, according Earl Mackenzie, who is overseeing the project. The previous building on the site was demolished earlier this year.

At issue before the Planning Board was how stormwater would be handled on the property. Board member Lewis Baker voiced a number of concerns regarding the plan for stormwater runoff, specifically how stormwater would be handled during the winter months when the ground becomes frozen.

The plan before the Planning Board included two downspouts leading to the alleyway, with perforated drainage piping underneath the alley, Mackenzie said during his presentation.

Baker said during the winter months when the ground freezes, stormwater runoff would not be able to make it down through the ground to get to the piping. He suggested perhaps having a method where water could be redirected inside to warm it, so it could then go down through the underlying fractured bedrock to reach pipes underground that would take the water away.

Several members asked Mackenzie whether the property previously had any issues with stormwater runoff, but Baker noted that the board could not rely on how this was handled previously as this would be an entirely new structure.

After some discussion, Baker said he was concerned with the Planning Board approving the project without having the city’s engineer review the plans to make sure the stormwater design would work, especially during the winter months.

The board then tabled final approval of the site plan pending a review by the city engineer for the project. They suggested holding another meeting, possibly on July 20, to revisit the matter.

The plans for the project include “upscale” second-floor apartments that will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, along with private entrances, Mackenzie said in a previous interview. One of the apartments will have access to the roof, which will house a small garden of herbs and other plants.

The building will have a brick façade to match other downtown buildings, he said. The upper windows will be arched with granite keystones around them for an “old-world feel,” he said. There will be ornate trim around the roof with an arched main entryway.

Inside the main entryway along the back wall, there will be historical references to the area, he said. He is working with the Belfast Historical Society and Museum on that. The owners are also considering placing a clock and temperature gauge on the outside of the building but will work with the city on how to do that so it does not look “tacky,” he said.

There will also be a 6-by-8-foot vault under the building to hold a 100-year time capsule, he said. It will be a secure place where no moisture can get in. A sign in the building will remind people that there is a time capsule there so it will not be forgotten, which has happened in other places.

In another unrelated discussion, the Planning Board approved a contract rezoning amendment for Hamlin Marine to have four signs located at 7 Front St.

Justin Clarke of Hamlin Marine said the company already has three signs, but wanted a larger fourth sign facing the harbor that could be seen by those using the harbor as a way to possibly attract additional business. According to Code and Planning Director Bub Fournier, the city’s code allows for only two signs, but the Planning Board has leeway to allow for more signage under the contract rezoning terms.