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Councilors, Naron reach easement agreement

By Kendra Caruso | Apr 28, 2020
Source: File photo One of Naron's Front Street properties.

Belfast — After more than a year of negotiations with property owner Paul Naron, City Council finally issued him building permits in exchange for a permanent Harbor Walk easement over his two Front Street properties.

There was minimal discussion among councilors before they voted to approve the permits at the April 7 meeting via Zoom. Naron plans to open restaurants at both locations and a farmers market retail space on one of the properties.

There were several previously agreed-upon terms in the agreement allowing Naron to open a restaurant that seats up to 120 people per property with some retail space, an extended wharf with up to 90 slips and up to four residential units in the building at 7 Front St., according to easement documents.

Because of the extended wharf, several moorings will have to be relocated. Naron will be required to work with those owners to relocate at his cost.

Other terms include 64 required parking spaces, a view easement that guarantees that no structures will be erected between the water and Naron’s buildings, and an easement for Naron to use the westerly driveway of Heritage Park.

Negotiations had previously broken down in October 2019, with Naron walking out of a meeting in frustration over what he felt were changes by the city in terms of the agreement.

Since then, City Manager Erin Herbig has met with Naron and his representatives to continue negotiations. Herbig was instrumental in negotiations between councilors and Naron, according to Naron’s spokesperson, Katy Day.

Mayor Eric Sanders said in an email, “The Council is glad to have come to an agreement which includes a permanent easement for the Harbor Walk and we look forward to Paul’s success!”

Day said Naron is satisfied that they were able to come to an agreement that everyone could live with. “We’re looking forward to making the waterfront truly beautiful,” she said.

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