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