New Building Eyed for NEH

MOUNT DESERT — A three-story building with space for retail shops and possibly a restaurant or bed-and-breakfast inn is being planned for Main Street in Northeast Harbor.

Bob and Nancy Ho, owners of the Kimball Shop & Boutique, plan to build on the former site of the Joy Building, which was torn down after being heavily damaged by fire in July 2008. The lot, which the Hos purchased in 2009, is between their Kimball Boutique and the rebuilt Colonel’s Deli.

“Our hope is to create an innovative, robust retail venue “¦ to help restore and revitalize our community,” the couple said in a statement.

They said the building would have more than 6,000 square feet of space for shops and professional services. The first floor would be at street level, with open stairs at the front of the building leading to floors above and below. A rear entrance to the lower level would be from Tracy Road.

Optional floor plans for the second floor have been drawn for three different uses: a 60-seat restaurant and wine bar, an art gallery and a five-room B&B.

“Our preference is for a boutique B&B,” the Hos said.

A deck on the south side of the building would allow entry to both the retail shops and the Colonel’s Deli next door.

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