Published on : Tuesday, April 17, 2018
David Bateman and his Fisherman’s Wharf LLC is looking to build a 93-room hotel and parking garage with office, retail and restaurant space at 184 Commercial Street.
The 1.9 acre lot sits at the northwest end of Fisherman’s Wharf and is now home to a parking lot and the Portland Lobster Co., a restaurant that has outdoor dining and music during the summer.
David Bateman needs the approval of administration of Portland to rezone the property, which is located in the Waterfront Central Zone. It is an area where the city’s development rules have sought to protect water-dependent uses, such as commercial fishing.
The Portland Planning Board will hold a workshop discussion about the conditional rezoning request, which is needed to allow the hotel, increase the allowable building height and reduce the setback from the high tide mark from 25 feet to 12.5 feet.
The current building height limit is 50 feet, and the developer has not disclosed the height of the structures it hopes to build.
The renderings unveiled in February of 2017 show a five-story brick and metal-sided hotel with a restaurant/lounge on the top floor.
The development would include offices, retail, a marine dispatch center and a 500-vehicle parking garage. Other mixed-use buildings could be built along the water in future phases.
Architect David Lloyd said original renderings are now obsolete, and new ones are not yet available because developers are currently only seeking zoning approval. Lloyd did provide a few artist renderings showing the proposed boardwalk and one that shows a small portion of the proposed hotel obscured by a tree. An updated site plan indicates a rooftop pool and deck are also being considered for the hotel.