BUCKSPORT — The owners of two neighboring waterfront buildings have big plans for their properties.
In February, Bangor-based Leadbetter Realty Trust purchased the building that once housed The View Restaurant and Dockside Variety at 96 Main St.
“Our plan overall is to tear it down in the spring and put a building up in the fall,” said Leadbetter Realty Trust President Jeff Leadbetter.
The new building would have four apartments upstairs and a family-style restaurant downstairs.
Leadbetter is scheduled to appear before the town’s Planning Board March 17 to discuss plans for the property.
The exact details of the plan are still being worked out.
“We’re in the talking stage right now,” he said.
Leadbetter said his company purchased the View property “by a fluke” because it looked like it might make a good take-out place.
He said he would like the building to be a focal point for downtown.
A restaurant in the building would probably open next spring, according to Leadbetter. He said he and the owner of the neighboring property, restaurateur George MacLeod, have had preliminary talks about MacLeod renting the restaurant space.
MacLeod announced last summer that he intended to open a seasonal café in the lower level of his building next door this spring.
Those plans are temporarily on hold while MacLeod explores the possibility of a larger joint project with Leadbetter.
MacLeod said his ultimate goal is to move MacLeod’s Restaurant, now located on the opposite side of Main Street, to the waterfront.
His initial plan to start a seasonal café would be a step in that direction.
If things with Leadbetter don’t work out, he plans to move forward with the café.
Despite national economic woes, business at his restaurant has improved since last year. A move to a waterfront location would only help that, he said.
“The endgame here, I think, is to create an attraction for downtown Bucksport on the waterfront,” he said.
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