By Louis Bettcher | Apr 03, 2018
Rockland — A large, long-dormant building in downtown Rockland may soon be re-purposed by local entrepreneur Nick Westervelt as a medical marijuana facility at 500 Main St.
With a tentative opening date of July, the center will accommodate patients who have medical marijuana cards, with the plant as an alternative pain relief treatment. The space will also feature a glass studio. Situated on the corners of Main and Lindsey streets near the Rockland Ferry Terminal, Westervelt plans to name the business “Scrimshaw” — the term for the intricate technique of carving the bones of marine mammals developed by sailors centuries ago.
The 14,000-square-foot building has a brick-and-glass facade, but has gone through a number of permutations over the years, including serving as a Baptist church and a woodworking factory. Parts of the original chapel date back to 1830 – decades before Rockland was incorporated. But in recent years, the massive building has been vacant, and has primarily served as a storage space for antiques and furniture.
“This building has been a bit of an eyesore in the heart of downtown Rockland for years, and it’s exciting to rejuvenate something so historic. I’m hoping the community will welcome a thriving business there that will revitalize the building and give Rockland another boost,” Westervelt said March 29, adding that the Scrimshaw medical marijuana center will likely only encompass a third of the massive building’s space.
Westervelt, who lives in Lincolnville, filed paperwork March 14 with the city of Rockland to open the center. The Rockland Planning Board was scheduled to review the application at its Tuesday evening, April 3, meeting, with a formal public hearing and final vote set for May.
In January, city officials passed an ordinance that would allow medical marijuana production