MDI: West Street Hotel Review Begins

BAR HARBOR — Concerns over parking and the height of developer Tom Walsh’s proposed West Street hotel were aired June 17 as the initial public hearing on the project got under way.

Several people spoke before the planning board, including Bar Harbor Inn owner David Witham and an attorney representing him.

“I really don’t get a warm feeling that adequate parking is provided for,” attorney Ed Bearor said. Mr. Witham repeated the assertion, adding that Mr. Walsh’s plans to use green space credits to provide less than one parking space per hotel room should be turned down by the board.

“The ordinance never envisioned a 120-room hotel with 80 parking spaces,” he said. Plans call for 89 spaces and 31 credits for tree plantings and other “green” spaces.

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