Business owners want the Portland Planning Board to approve a change of use at two industrial spaces on the western waterfront.

Tod Dana, owner of Asia West, a furniture and decor store on Commercial Street, has applied to convert a 13,880-square-foot wooden building at 128 Cassidy Point Drive into a warehouse, office and small manufacturing space.

Before he purchased the building, it was leased by Matheson Gas, an industrial gas and equipment distributor, which had a warehouse, showroom and offices in the building.

Dana purchased the building this spring and wants to use most of it as a warehouse for his import and wholesale business, he said in a May 4 letter to City Planning Officer Tuck O’Brien. Asia West receives almost all its inventory from 10 to 15 ocean shipping containers a year, Dana said.

Space on the second floor will be saved for his office and three or four low-impact industrial users, Dana added. He did not return a phone call Monday seeking additional information.

In a building across the street, Cyrus Hagge, a developer and owner of Project Management Inc., plans to reuse the 5,105-square-foot former CoachWorks building at 121 Cassidy Point Drive for a marine services business including yacht brokerage, boat storage and repair and fishing equipment storage and repair.

Both properties are in Portland’s waterfront port development zone.

The Portland Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the zoning proposals on Tuesday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Peter McGuire can be reached at 791-6325 or at:

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Twitter: @PeteL_McGuire

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