Hotel Plan Adds Housing

BAR HARBOR — Hotelier Tom Walsh has bowed to planning board demands and offered to include affordable housing units in his proposed West Street hotel.


Mr. Walsh also has revised parking plans for the site, and is now proposing one parking space for every hotel room, rather than providing less than that and making up the difference in green space parking credits.

“We listened to the board, heard what they said, and that seemed the only two issues they had left,” project representative Eben Salvatore said, adding that he now hopes to have the project approved in time to start site work this winter.

The new plans were turned in to the town Tuesday, and could be taken up by the planning board at its next meeting, on Wednesday, Nov. 18. Under the amended arrangement, six dwelling units would be included in the hotel. Two of the dwellings would be deeded affordable, according to town standards.

The move would lower the total number of hotel rooms from 110 to 102. Concurrent changes to the parking plans now show 102 actual parking spaces on the ground.

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