Linda Bean’s proposal to build a Wyeth family reading room in the village of Port Clyde was approved Tuesday night, to the chagrin of dozens of residents.

“This is painful, but I feel like we have to say, yes, it does … meet the standards,” board chairwoman Anne Cox said to a room of about 40 people Tuesday night, some of whom responded with audible scoffs and got up to leave the meeting.

Cox, along with board member Paul Gill, admitted they had concerns about the project.

“I feel like there has been some smoke and mirrors,” Cox said. “I don’t understand the need for this project, and I don’t understand this location.”

The project, a 1.5-story, 1,413-square-foot reading center dedicated to the Wyeth family at the intersection of Horse Point Road and Raspberry Lane, ultimately was approved as an appointment-only reading room, where no more than five vehicles at a time will be allowed to park at the facility. It will be open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day.

First proposed last winter, the project was approved, despite loud opposition from many residents, who adamantly oppose the project’s location on Horse Point Road — a predominantly residential narrow two-lane, shoulderless road used by many pedestrians and bicyclists, with a tight turn near the future reading room.

Opponents said they’re worried the facility will attract even more people to an area already congested in the summer months.

“It’s just such a wonderful place, and we don’t need the commercialization,” longtime resident Ann Snow said at an August meeting.

Since February, about 75 residents have signed a petition opposing the project, their Rockland-based attorney, Patrick Mellor said.

Horse Point Road branches from the town’s main thoroughfare, Port Clyde Road, and is about two-tenths of a mile — a five-minute walk — from the Monhegan ferry launch, the Port Clyde General Store and its second-floor Wyeth art gallery, and the Dip Net restaurant behind the General Store. The latter three are also owned by Bean.

Despite anecdotal evidence from Horse Point Road residents citing speeding drivers or nearly getting clipped by cars, two traffic studies completed during the vetting of the application show that only two accidents have taken place on the road in the last decade.

Bean, heir to the L.L.Bean family fortune and granddaughter of retail store founder Leon Leonwood Bean, attended the meeting but, as she has in most meetings past, remained silent.

Her application to build a reading room dedicated to the Wyeth family has aggravated residents since the winter, when a group of neighbors first signed a petition opposing the project and began attending Planning Board meetings in droves to speak against it.

The reading room, despite its purpose being to showcase one of the most iconic Maine families, in an area that is visited by thousands of tourists during the summer months, will not be an attraction, Bean’s Camden-based attorney, Paul Gibbons, has argued at past meetings.

“The proposed use is not a museum, it will not be visited by people who want an ocean view experience, nor will it include any retail sales,” engineer Randy Dunton of Gorrill Palmer concluded in a July traffic study.

Dunton, who was hired by Bean to conduct the study, wrote, “this is not a location where it will experience visitors who happen to be waiting for a ferry or some other event to happen or are visiting an adjacent use and [wander] over to see what it is.”

The facility is intended to showcase the multigenerational artist family’s history through pictures, related books, magazines and other miscellaneous items, pointedly highlighting their relationship and influence in Port Clyde, according to the application filed with the town.

After the project was approved, as neighbors began filing out the doors, Cox reminded them, “This has been a very difficult process, and I know there are many avenues for appeal.”