June 20, 2024
Kittery design firm has big plan for Dineen building in Foreside

KITTERY, Maine — The vacant Foreside property once owned by ex-bus depot owner James Dineen is inching closer to being the new home of Winter Holben architecture + design, three apartment units and a gallery for local artists with a rooftop deck. 

The abandoned building at 3 Walker St. currently sits empty after being used as a single-family dwelling unit and office space in the past. The town previously acquired the site and sold it to The Cheney Companies, an apartment rental agency based in Newmarket, New Hampshire, in September 2022.

The existing Dineen property would be demolished as the first major element of the proposed overhaul, making way for a new three-story building that would go in its place.  

Kittery design firm has big plan for Dineen building in Foreside

The original redevelopment proposal stated a food and beverage or retail establishment could possibly call the Walker Street lot home in the future. But modified plans now call for neighboring Wallingford Square firm Winter Holben architecture + design, the design lead on the project, to move into the building, pending approval from the Kittery Planning Board.