B and B hearing



BAR HARBOR — The proposed new Mount Desert Street Inn bed and breakfast is slated to come before the Design Review Board (DRB) one more time Oct. 15 for a final decision.

Owner Steve Coston, architect Todd Hardy and engineer Greg Johnston have appeared before the board several times this summer, making changes to the building plans after each meeting. Board members have suggested ways to make the new building look more like a private mansion and less like a hotel, including a lower roofline and a wraparound porch.

“You folks have done an incredible job of trying to meet us where we’ve had concerns,” board member Steve Demers said at the Sept. 22 meeting.

“I heard much more positive than negative tonight,” Coston said, “and what I heard that was negative was very easily addressable. So I feel like it’s pretty much there. I think one more can get it done.”

If the DRB signs off on a certificate of appropriateness for the project, a Planning Board hearing on the site plan, tabled in August, can continue.

DRB approval is one of the “conditional use” requirements in the site plan review process.

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