URGENT ISSUES


749 Congress St.

Vacant since 2005, the historic Bolster House will be rehabilitated into a bed and breakfast. Located on the western end of the Congress Street Historic District, the proposed new use is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and will sensitively adapt this large former funeral home using historic preservation tax credits.

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Photo by Todd Caverly

Photo by Todd Caverly

Forest Avenue

Forest Avenue was and continues to be a critical transportation corridor connecting the peninsula to Deering’s historic neighborhoods and to suburban communities beyond Portland. 

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FORT GORGES 

Fort Gorges has become overgrown with vegetation and shows signs of masonry deterioration. Lack of maintenance and investment in masonry repair, lack of a long-term preservation plan, and its location in a harsh marine environment battered by wind and weather continue to compromise the structural integrity of the brick and granite masonry.

While citizens have shown some initial interest in forming a Friends of Fort Gorges group, the scale, lack of access, and large financial needs of the fort create tremendous challenges to its preservation.

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Photo by Todd Caverly

Photo by Todd Caverly

ST. JOSEPH'S CONVENT

With a dwindling number of Sisters of Mercy living in the large Motherhouse at 605 Stevens Avenue, the sisters decided to close their Motherhouse in 2005 and sell the 18.98 acre property on which it stands. 

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