Portland Company Master Development Plan Workshops Continue

Portland's Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board have been holding workshops this month on CPB2's application for a master development plan at 58 Fore Street, the former Portland Company site. A final workshop on the project's public amenities and architecture will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 in City Council Chambers.

The Historic Preservation Board will hold its public hearing on the proposed plan on December 7th and the Planning Board will hold its public hearing on the plan on December 20th.  More information on times and locations tbd.

At the request of board members, CPB2 has provided additional images of the proposed development. 

Mark your calendars!


The next public meeting for the Congress Square redesign is a month away.  The design team WRT and artist Sarah Sze will present the latest design concepts for the square and public art. The presentation is open to the public and public comment will be taken. The city and the design team want to hear your feedback!

Thursday, December 15, 5:30-7:30pm @ Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Longfellow Room

The City of Portland will also collect feedback online during December and January for those who cannot attend - look for updates on the project webpage: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/1113/Congress-Square-Redesign

Planning staff will also be presenting the latest concepts at public workshops for various boards and committees in January.


Portland's Comprehensive Plan: Help Shape a Vision for Portland's Future

On November 12th the City of Portland will hold a public forum on its ongoing Comprehensive Planning. The Comprehensive Plan is a long-range policy document that establishes a vision for the city for the coming decade. It addresses such topics as historic resources, housing, transportation, natural resources, open space, the economy, and more. The City of Portland's Planning Division invites you to come hear preliminary goals and recommendations of the plan and to tell them what you think. 

2:00PM Saturday, November 12, 2016

Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Way

For more information contact Christine Grimando, Senior Planner cdg@portlandmaine.gov 207-874-8608



Proposed Development Focuses Attention on One of Portland's Earliest Fortifications

 View of Fort Sumner on Munjoy Hill by Charles Goodhue from the  Maine Historical Society

View of Fort Sumner on Munjoy Hill by Charles Goodhue from the Maine Historical Society

Have you ever visited Fort Sumner Park to watch the sun set over Portland? A proposed development below the park on Sheridan Street is focusing attention on the history of the park. If you'd like to learn more about the history of the fort that once sat atop Munjoy Hill, check out this history of Fort Sumner by local historian Ken Thompson in the Munjoy Hill Observer.

Developer, City, and neighbors may have an agreement on a new life for the vacant Reed School

 Thomas B. Reed School, Portland from the  Portland Press Herald

Thomas B. Reed School, Portland from the Portland Press Herald

Vacant for several years, the City has been working with developers and neighbors to find a new use that is compatible with neighborhood goals and economically feasible. Developers Collaborative, the developers responsible for the successful adaptive reuse project for the former Nathan Clifford School in Deering's Oakdale neighborhood have developed a plan to reuse the Reed School as a pre-school for special needs students. Read more about the proposal here

Woodfords Corner in the News!

  Portland Press Herald  Image by Derek Davis/staff photographer

Portland Press Herald Image by Derek Davis/staff photographer

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows' building is an architectural landmark on Forest Avenue. The Odd Fellows continue to serve as outstanding stewards, maintaining the large masonry structure designed by Francis Fassett in 1897. The building has served as the Odd Fellows Hall, a Masonic Temple, Deering's City Hall, a school for neighborhood students, and a host of commercial tenants in its 120-year history. The historic building is even more impressive with the recent restoration of the clock tower. Read more about the Odd Fellows and the clock tower project in a recent Portland Press Herald Article here. 

Make your voice heard and help the Public Art Committee decide which of three sculptures should be located in a new park in front of Odd Fellows Hall. The comment period closes August 26th.

For more advocacy updates, visit the Ongoing Issues page.