West Street Hotel Details Emerge

BAR HARBOR — Hotel mogul Tom Walsh’s plans for his new West Street Hotel include the entire redevelopment of the area surrounding it, Walsh company representatives told the planning board March 18.

Proposed changes would include widening Rodick Street, and turning it into a two-way thoroughfare, and constructing a multi-level parking garage.

The town council is slated to take up the matter at its April 7 meeting.

As it stands, Mr. Walsh’s North South Construction Company is proposing a 121-room, luxury hotel on the south side of West Street. Current plans, which do not show the proposed garage, come up 54 parking spaces short of what the company would need.

Project representative Perry Moore told the board that they would find a way to meet the parking needs with or without the garage.

Mr. Moore and Walsh company representative Eben Salvatore told the planning board they hope to begin construction of the steel-frame walls of the hotel off-site this summer, and start construction on West Street in November.

Mr. Walsh’s company was able to acquire every property on the east side of Rodick Street last summer, except for one.

The planning board is slated to continue reviewing the plans when they meet April 1.

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