SOUTH PORTLAND — Port Harbor Marine, which operates the city-owned Spring Point Marina, wants to replace the dockside building where Joe’s Boathouse Restaurant was located for 23 years before closing last November.

The company plans to replace the 35-year-old, one-story clapboard building with a modern structure that would make the most of the marina’s waterfront views, according to conceptual design plans submitted to the city.

The modern, two-story building would feature two dining rooms lined with expansive windows and two decks with outdoor seating overlooking the marina and Casco Bay.

The City Council is scheduled to review the company’s plans Monday, because while Port Harbor Marine owns the restaurant building, it leases the waterfront property from the city.

The company also operates a boat sales-and-service facility at the site under a 40-year lease that’s up for renewal in 2020.

The existing 3,514-square-foot restaurant building has one dining room and a small outdoor deck where Joe’s Boathouse served guests at five tables. The building is valued at $255,700 for tax purposes and has a fiscal 2016 tax bill of $4,450, according to the assessor’s records.


The company needs council approval to make any improvements exceeding $20,000 and to sublet the building to a new restaurant operator in the future, said City Manager Jim Gailey.

The proposed new building would be expected to conform to all land use, zoning, health, safety and other regulations, including Planning Board and building code review, Gailey said in a memo to the council.

The projected cost of the proposed 9,125-square-foot, 172-seat restaurant building was unavailable, and company officials couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

The conceptual design shows a first-floor dining room with table seating for 40 guests and a bar with 10 seats. The first-floor deck shows casual, lounge-style seating for 24 guests.

On the second floor, there would be another dining room with table seating for 40 guests and a bar with 10 seats. The second-floor deck would have table seating for 36 guests and an outdoor bar with 12 seats.

The proposed building also would include laundry and shower facilities for marina guests, features that the existing building doesn’t have, according to city tax records.


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