2017-11-03 / Community

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BOWLING SOON — Although renovations are still underway and final code enforcement and fire safety inspections are pending, Kennebunk selectmen have issued liquor and amusement licenses for Garden Street Bowl, the much-anticipated bowling alley and pub set to fill the former Garden Street Market space, vacant since 2010. Bowl co-owner John Nelson — who got a round of applause from selectmen and audience members alike for the announcement — said he and his two partners hope to open by mid-November.

“But we’re going to cross our fingers and hope to open some day before the holidays,” he said.

NEW OWNERS — The historic Waldo Emerson Inn at 108 Summer St. has changed hands and selectmen have issued liquor and lodging licenses to the new owner.

Former proprietors John and Kathleen Daamen sold the building and business on Oct. 13 to Halo Hospitality LLC. According to documents on file at the York County Registry of Deeds, a $650,000 mortgage was taken out with Casco National Bank to fund the purchase.

The Daamens were the driving force behind a June 2016 zoning change that bumped up the allowed number of rental rooms in bed and breakfast establishments within Kennebunk’s urban residential zone from four to six. Voters approved the change with 87 percent in favor. The Daamens, who owned the inn for 15 years, had it up for sale at the time of the vote, but said they had no intention to let it go. They had only listed it to test the market value, in order to verify the need for two extra rooms, John Daamen said at the time.

The new owner and principal of Halo Hospitality is Hana Pevny of Houston.

“I moved up here from Texas and I’m very excited to be a part of the community and to preserve this old, grand historic home and to continue to run it as a business.” she told selectmen, eliciting a round of applause.

COMMITTEES — Kennebunk Selectmen have elevated alternate member Jonathan Johnson to a regular spot on the town’s economic development committee with a term to expire in June 2019. He replaces John Daamen, who recently resigned.

Taking over Johnson’s alternate post will be Quail Run resident Kristi Kenney, an architect with KW Architects. A former member of the Wells planning board, Kenney also sits on the board of directors for York County Habitat for Humanity. One other applicant, Mechanic Street resident Alice Frentz, made the pick easy for selectmen, conceding the alternate spot opened by Johnson’s ascension to Kenney, after interviews conducted just prior to the board’s Oct. 24 meeting.

A strategic business consultant with Churchill Consulting Group, Fretz sat on the economic development committee from 2005 to 2011 and served as its chairman in 2010.

Selectmen also accepted the resignation of Harry Ruth from the community garden committee and moved up alternate member Sandra Tillman in his stead.

Meanwhile, Main Street resident Arlene Salvati was tapped for a spot on the festival committee, for a term to June 2018. That group currently has one other opening to June 2018, as well as two to June 2019 and three to June 2020, as well as one slot for an alternate youth member.

The board also accepted the resignation of Daniel Lyons from the comprehensive plan and zoning ordinance update committee.

CANCELLATION — Kennebunk selectmen, who generally meet once per month during the summer, will extend that policy to December this year. Because its second meeting in December falls this year on the 26th, selectmen voted 5-1 to cancel it.

Selectman Ed Karytko was the lone vote to meet on the day after Christmas.

Compiled by Staff Writer Duke Harrington. He can be reached at news@kennebunkpost.com.

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