BAR HARBOR — A 90-foot pier is proposed for a multimillion dollar, oceanfront estate being built on Eden Street this winter.
John and Deborah Darling are applying to the planning board for permission to build the pier at their $2.15 million estate at 149 Eden St. The application is also under review by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
Plans for the pier, crafted by Robert Collier, president of Frenchman’s Bay Boating Co. Inc., call for a 90-by-6-foot structure with a seasonal 60-foot aluminum ramp and a 1,020-square-foot float and mooring system. The cost of the project is estimated at approximately $155,000.
The Darlings are the founders of the Darling’s automobile dealerships, with locations in Augusta, Ellsworth and Bangor. The businesses are now run by their son, Jay Darling. The couple purchased the Eden Street property in November 2013 for $1.8 million and spent another $25,000 tearing down an old cottage on the site, according to town documents.
According to planning documents submitted by Collier, there was a similarly-described pier built at the site in the early 1900s, which was destroyed by a storm in the 1960s. A number of granite stones remain on the shore from this pier. They will be restacked and used to support the new structure.
According to paperwork submitted to the DEP, two private facilities within a quarter mile do have deep-water access, but neither would sufficiently satisfy the Darlings’ needs. While the Bar Harbor Regency offers dockage for a fee, they do not have moorings available for bad weather. The Bar Harbor Yacht Club, on the other hand, has mooring space available but no extended dockage rentals, Collier states. A seasonal structure would be susceptible to severe damage in the intertidal zone and would not work, he says.
The proposed pier and dock system at the estate would be suitable for their 36-foot powerboat as well as kayaks and other personal watercraft, planning materials state.