BAR HARBOR – Hotelier Tom Walsh’s proposed West Street hotel was approved by a split board of appeals Thursday night.
By a vote of 3-2, appeals board members found that the planning board made a mistake when they denied the project in March. Mike Siklosi, Donald Bell, and board chairman Ellen Dohmen voted in the majority. Paul DeVore and Roger Samuel dissented, stating that the planning board made the right decision.
In a second vote, a unanimous appeals board voted to send the matter back to the planning board, along with instructions to issue an approval. The planning board is expected to take up the order when they next meet on May 5.
Mr. Walsh’s hotel plans for West Street are not in the clear yet, however. Competing hotelier David Witham, the owner of the Bar Harbor Inn and numerous other properties in town, last week filed an appeal of his own regarding the West Street hotel.
Mr. Witham’s appeal focuses on a number of issues that were part of the planning board’s March decision but were not part of Mr. Walsh’s appeal. The planning board made a number of mistakes, Mr. Witham’s appeal states.
The appeals board is slated to take up Mr. Witham’s appeal when they next meet May 11.
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