Tremont Boatyard Facility, Boat Ramp Get Planning Nod



TREMONT — The planning board here Tuesday approved a permit to construct a boat maintenance and storage facility on Harbor Drive and gave the go-ahead for improvements at the town wharf in Bernard.

In a 5-0 vote, the board approved a building permit for Bass Harbor Boat House to construct a 40-foot by 75-foot building on a 1.04-acre lot with frontage on Harbor Drive and the Flat Iron Road. In doing so, the board also approved a change of use for the property to include boat maintenance.

Michael Wagner, owner of the business, has been using the property for boat storage and is moving all operations to the site. Mr. Wagner said he would like the building to be sided with wood instead of metal to blend better with structures on adjacent properties. However, he admitted, “It all comes down to financing.”

The decision by the board followed a brief public hearing on the project, in which abutting landowner Ellen Church expressed two concerns: the height of the building and stormwater drainage at a culvert on the Flat Iron Road.

The building will be 35 feet high and a solution to the drainage issue is underway, Mr. Wagner replied. Ms. Church was satisfied with the answers and the hearing closed with no further comments.

The town is proposing to add six new floats along the boat ramp at the town wharf. The project cleared the final planning board hurdle Tuesday with their review of the findings of fact regarding the building and flood hazard development permits approved at the board’s July 24 meeting.

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Mark Good

Mark Good

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander