BAR HARBOR — Work has begun on the rebuilding of the Acadia Park Company store at 134 Main St., following Planning Board approval of the site plan Nov. 2. The bulk of the building is set to be demolished, but the façade will remain and be incorporated into the new building.
No members of the public spoke at the public hearing for the project, which is classified as a subdivision because it includes more than three dwelling units, town Planning Director Bob Osborne said.
The two-story, 3,976-square-foot building will house an expanded seasonal retail operation. Four apartments on the second floor are planned to be used as seasonal employee housing.
“We bought the building behind the Main Street store, which used to belong to the Higgins family and is accessed from Albert Meadow,” Acadia Corp. President Dave Woodside told the Islander earlier this fall. “The Witham group had owned it and housed seasonal employees there. This project will encompass both lots.”
The Design Review Board required the company to preserve the existing historic façade when they granted the demolition permit in September.
The building was designed by Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb around 1880, according to Design Review Board Chair Barbara Sassaman. It housed the florist shop of Frederick H. Moses and was known at the time as the Pine and Palm building, she said. In the more recent past, the building held Willey’s clothing store, the Domus Isle gift shop and chain retailer Del Sol.