A take-out salad and sandwich shop will be part of the four-building Marketplace complex being planned for Main Street in Northeast Harbor. IMAGE COURTESY OF WMH ARCHITECTS

Shaw retail complex unveiled



MOUNT DESERT — A hair and nail salon, a wine and book shop, and a “chic” women’s accessories store are the businesses Sam Shaw tentatively has lined up for one of the four buildings in the commercial development he is planning for Main Street in Northeast Harbor.

Shaw said a local winery has expressed interest in opening its own wine store in another building in what he is calling the Marketplace. He said that building also would house three 12-by-12-foot retail spaces.

“We will try to keep those spaces reasonably priced for start-up businesses that want to get a toehold in Northeast Harbor,” he said.

A take-out lunch shop is planned for the Marketplace building at the front of the lot, facing Main Street.

“It will have healthy salads, sandwiches, soups, pastries and all kinds of coffee beverages to go,” Shaw said. “I do not yet have a person to run it. So, anyone interested in doing that should get in touch with me.”

Construction of the lunch shop and the two retail buildings is to start this summer. Shaw said they would be open summers only, starting next year.

The fourth building in the complex is to be constructed sometime later. It will house a large year-round restaurant and four residential apartments. Parking for the complex is to be at the rear of the property, with access from Tracy Road.

Shaw said the hair and nail salon that is planned for one of the retail buildings is something Northeast Harbor “desperately needs.” He described one of the other businesses tentatively lined up for that building as specializing in “chic, high-end ladies’ accessories for the fabulous 30-somethings.”

The four Marketplace buildings are to be clustered around a courtyard.

“There will be granite paths and fountains and shaded areas with seating everywhere,” Shaw said. “It’s going to be a place where people will want to linger.”

The Marketplace will occupy the currently vacant lot at 131 Main St., which is directly across the street from Shaw’s jewelry store. Shaw, who bought the .45-acre lot late last year, developed the design concept for the Marketplace

The architect for the project, Bill Hanley of WMH Architects in Northeast Harbor, presented a sketch plan to the planning board last week.

Because several different uses are being proposed for the lot, the planning board must approve a subdivision plan. The board is expected to determine at its April 8 meeting whether the subdivision application is complete. At a subsequent meeting, the board will hold a public hearing on the development plan and then decide whether to approve the subdivision.

Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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