BAR HARBOR — Traffic changes proposed for the area around Tom Walsh’s proposed $12 million West Street hotel were approved by a near-unanimous parking and traffic committee Monday.
The changes would shift the way traffic circulates into and out of the public backyard parking lot, which is directly behind the block of West Street where the hotel is to be built. The committee’s approval is only advisory; the town council will make the final decision on the proposed changes.
Approval of the traffic changes is one of the last steps that Mr. Walsh must take locally for the hotel project to move forward. The planning board’s approval of the hotel plan was upheld by the board of appeals in a recent hearing. Earlier, the planning board was ordered by the board of appeals to issue approval after Mr. Walsh contested the plan’s denial based on height.
Under the new traffic plans, the bottom part of Rodick Street, currently one-way from Cottage Street to West Street, would be widened and turned into two-way traffic for part of its length. York Street, which connects Rodick Street to the backyard parking lot, would be widened as well.
Lenox Place, currently a short, narrow two-way street connecting the backyard parking lot to West Street, would be widened, become one-way into the parking lot, and would be covered and turned into the main entrance to the hotel grounds.
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