A new gas tank arrives for installation at the former Main Street Market in Bar Harbor. The gas station is set to reopen in the spring. PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Bar Harbor’s Main Street sees growth

BAR HARBOR — The year 2016 is expected to bring several new buildings and businesses to Lower Main Street, including a dental office, gas station and new retail space.

The gas station at the corner of Main and Pleasant streets is set to reopen in early spring, according to Mark Dykstra of Lamoine, one of the partners in the venture. He and Steve Hicks have been operating the adjacent coin-operated laundry since the fall under a lease agreement from property owners Will and Veena Gaines.

“We’re hoping for hustle and bustle around here,” Dykstra said. “Our reason for doing this was to revitalize the corner. We’d like to see this happen for the neighborhood.”

A new underground tank arrived this week. The two existing tanks were nearing their expiration dates, Dykstra said. The new larger one has three sections, for regular gasoline, premium gasoline and diesel.

Dykstra and Hicks plan to renovate the first floor rear of the former Main Street Market and add a porch on the gas station side.

“It’ll be modern, but still have some charm to it,” he said. The store will market convenience items, but not tobacco, liquor or lottery tickets, he said.

The Coffee Cup Diner will continue to operate in the front under a separate lease. Both the diner/store and coin laundry buildings also contain apartments.

Two other Main Street projects came before the town’s Design Review Board for Certificate of Appropriateness approval Dec. 10.

One was a revision to an existing building permit for Dr. Mathilde Reznik’s Bar Harbor Dental Group LLC. Homes on the property at 333 Main St. were razed this year and a basement dug, then the project stalled for several months.

The dental office is planned for the first floor of one building, with a residence on the second floor. A garage workshop constructed at the rear of the lot would contain a studio apartment on the second floor.

The larger building will have a “salt box” appearance in the changed design, according to documents. Other windows were added, and the color scheme was changed.

Over at 200 Main St., site of the former Man Store, a new commercial structure is planned. Noel Musson of the Musson Group applied for the Certificate of Appropriateness on behalf of property owners Paul Coston and Jane Whitney, doing business as Strawberry Hill LLC. The corporation was founded by their parents in the 1960s when they built the nearby Villager motel.

Plans are for a two-story, traditional-looking building with cedar shingles.

“The design review board was very helpful,” Musson said. “It was a good process. Everybody is excited to see the building go up.” He said the building is intended for commercial spaces on the second floor with retail below.

A building permit was issued this week, but only for the concrete foundation and basement portion of the project.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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