With a city-wide demand for housing changes have increased in the last two years on Portland's East End, one of Portland's densest and most closely knit neighborhoods. Concern over demolitions, new construction, and condo conversions sparked a neighborhood wide moratorium on demolitions and temporary restrictions on new construction.
Neighborhood schools were once thought of as important civic landmarks built to last for generations, and they represent a community’s investment in its youngest citizens. Maintenance and modernization of these historic facilities are critically important community investments.
Federal Historic Tax Credits
Despite a proven track record of stimulating economic growth and preserving our architectural heritage the federal historic tax credit faces an uncertain future.
Union Station Clock
Once the most recognizable element of Union Station’s tower at St. John and Congress Streets, today the clock is little-known or appreciated because the way it is presented doesn’t signal its importance. Plans for the redesign of Congress Square Park will necessitate relocation of the clock to a new home.
Lincoln Park is at a tipping point that will determine its future. Years of neglect, lack of investment, and harsh New England winters have taken their toll, harming the Park's appeal to the general public.
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.
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.
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.
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.