What's New at Landmarks
Proposed Development Focuses Attention on one of Portland's Earliest Fortifications
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.
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 sucessful 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!
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.