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Forum: Greater New England 02-18-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

The aforementioned land owned by Portland and pending sale to Waterstone:
...
Forum: Greater New England 02-12-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

The economic challenges of that are threefold:

(1) Maine has an aging population;
(2) Maine has a severe lack of skilled employees; and
(3) Maine has almost no leverage when trying to lure...
Forum: Greater New England 02-11-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I have to openly wonder if there are any local "big" companies left to move there. Unum is consolidating on their Portland campus, having moved out of their original "HO1" building (big glass...
Forum: Greater New England 01-03-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

There is a small section of the property that is technically in Portland. The original Dirigo plaza plans did require City of Portland Planning Board review and approval. The City got what they...
Forum: Greater New England 12-21-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

In case folks didn't see it:

"Future Portland hotel site sold to developer"
https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/21/future-portland-hotel-site-sold-to-developer/
Forum: Greater New England 12-20-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 106,308
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Providence developments

It's a tough one to measure or extrapolate given that the Providence metro area extends well into MA (Attleboro, Fall River, New Bedford, etc.).

Here's what I could figure out, with some...
Forum: Greater New England 12-06-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

Good news:
http://news.keepmecurrent.com/rock-row-gets-go-ahead-for-16-shows-next-year/

Weird news: ...
Forum: Greater New England 11-28-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Speaking of Jim Brady, here’s his new project:

https://www.pressherald.com/2018/11/28/another-hotel-planned-for-commercial-street-corridor-along-portland-waterfront/
Forum: Greater New England 11-08-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

The developer has expressed interest in using the mountain division line somehow. I haven't heard any details beyond that, but I'd love to see a DMU run on that line daily between Steep Falls and...
Forum: Greater New England 11-08-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

Well, I do think they have the financial motivation to see this through. All of the infrastructure improvements that have happened at Exit 48 last year and this year, as well as the on-going...
Forum: Greater New England 11-08-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

I went to the Planning Board meeting the other night. The concert venue has flipped around to face north-easterly towards Exit 48 (previously it was facing south-easterly towards the...
Forum: Greater New England 11-07-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

That's my thinking on this - bid for 20 stories and when the NIMBYs lose their minds over unsubstantiated wind concerns and tall buildings potentially eating people, go for something in the 12-16...
Forum: Greater New England 10-12-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

During the planning board meeting they did say that this was a temporary situation to provide proof-of-concept, and they'll consider expanding if it works.
Forum: Greater New England 10-11-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

More details on the proposed amphitheater:

http://news.keepmecurrent.com/concerts-may-rock-rock-row/
http://www.theforecaster.net/westbrook-plans-could-end-portland-pier-concerts/...
Forum: Greater New England 10-10-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 24,255
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Jetport

This probably has more to do with competition, from both airlines and other airports, than anything.

Airlines Serving Burlington:
American
Delta
Frontier
JetBlue
United

Airlines Serving...
Forum: Greater New England 10-05-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I'm hearing that there are now plans on the drawing board. I haven't heard any details of that plan other than the existence of a plan. Probably won't be long before something is announced.
Forum: Greater New England 09-21-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 108,641
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland Bayside

I wouldn't be surprised if this whole fiasco up-ended Federated as a company. You can't pour millions of dollars into planning something on this scale and get nothing out of it. Banks and financiers...
Forum: Greater New England 09-18-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

http://www.portlandmaine.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Item/6637?fileID=37472

No renderings, but some site plans and massings beginning on page 74
Forum: Greater New England 08-31-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: The Ridge (former Dirigo Plaza), Westbrook, ME

Excellent sleuthing markhb!

"Eventual road to the cool part" made me chuckle. It's funny, because it's true.

That skinny retail building looks like it's going to be a row of quick-serve style...
Forum: Greater New England 07-24-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: The Ridge (former Dirigo Plaza), Westbrook, ME

Personally it's a sacrifice I'd be willing for the city to make to get what's planned for the rest of the parcel. While I loathe the traditional strip mall parking-in-front look, as long as there are...
Forum: Greater New England 07-23-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Yeah, I like the updates to 178 Kennebec Street as well. I think that building and the Glickman Library diagonally across the highway will compliment each other nicely with that color scheme.
Forum: Greater New England 07-23-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: The Ridge (former Dirigo Plaza), Westbrook, ME

It'll be interesting to see what the Planning Board thinks about this, because I believe their preference was for the developers to build against the road and have parking behind that. The Gateway...
Forum: Greater New England 07-03-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 3,436
Views: 668,534
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Looks like they're drawing from the same color palette as what was proposed for midtown:

https://multifiles.pressherald.com/uploads/sites/4/2013/08/midtown+image+August+27+2013-1024x842.jpeg
...
Forum: Greater New England 06-28-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: The Ridge (former Dirigo Plaza), Westbrook, ME

http://www.westbrookmaine.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_07172018-414
Forum: Greater New England 06-22-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,330
Posted By Dr. StrangeHat
Re: The Ridge (former Dirigo Plaza), Westbrook, ME

Site works seems to have ground to a halt there lately. I haven't seen much activity other than the Hampton Inn going up (which isn't part of the development).

I wonder if this has to go back...
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