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Forum: Greater New England 01-26-2018, 10:15 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Steel going up on Thames Street:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUeR0cNW0AE4vJ2.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DUeR0cGXkAAr2ES.jpg
Forum: Greater New England 01-23-2018, 10:13 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

The developer for the project is a big real estate investment trust based in West Palm Beach – Chatham Lodging Trust (http://chathamlodgingtrust.com/) – and their architect is from Kansas.

It...
Forum: Greater New England 01-22-2018, 10:32 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Did you guys notice that the "Home2Suites" planning board workshop got postponed at the last minute last week?

The staff report made clear that the design violated several terms of the zoning...
Forum: Greater New England 01-02-2018, 12:38 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Could be L.L. Bean. They've long had having trouble recruiting and retaining creative workers with their suburban HQ in Freeport (it's not even in the village), although the new METRO Breez route...
Forum: Greater New England 12-12-2017, 12:06 PM
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Views: 83,650
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

Tell us more?
Forum: Greater New England 12-11-2017, 02:30 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

^ A six-story building is the tallest you can build while still using wood-frame construction (for now, anyhow), which is far cheaper per square foot than steel-framed construction. In Bayside, there...
Forum: Greater New England 11-30-2017, 01:12 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

I'm not sure they actually did pull any permits for the garage –IIRC, they *said* they were going to, but it looks like that never actually happened:
...
Forum: Greater New England 11-28-2017, 11:15 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

^ I believe the Midtown project's planning board approvals will expire in March after 3 years of inactivity. You used to be able to find commercial real estate listings for the retail spaces, but...
Forum: Greater New England 11-01-2017, 01:44 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

This was the 2012 proposal that got planning approvals for the same lot where the 6-story hotel is now being proposed:

View from Fore Street at India...
Forum: Greater New England 08-29-2017, 10:50 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ My guess is that it's the parcel across the street from "Luminato," corner of Franklin and Federal Streets. They requested a small zoning map amendment earlier this summer for that project:...
Forum: Greater New England 08-16-2017, 10:14 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ The Hyatt did, in fact, go up for design review before the Historic Preservation Board, which does, per ordinance, have an advisory role for projects that abut historic districts.

And in...
Forum: Greater New England 07-05-2017, 09:33 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

They've also started marketing the new building on the corner of High and York:

https://www.25highstreet.com/
Forum: Greater New England 06-05-2017, 10:02 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ That's 191 Marginal Way, the former Napa store and AAA garage. I believe the owner/developer is Peter Quesada, the old crank who owns most of the land on that side of Marginal Way. He's...
Forum: Greater New England 06-03-2017, 12:53 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Another India Street parking lot could be biting the dust. From next week's Historic Preservation Board agenda, a proposed credit union branch with one upper-floor apartment for the corner of Middle...
Forum: Greater New England 05-12-2017, 02:32 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

That plan for phase II of the Jordan's site is dead. In 2014 the developers sold the site to the hotel management company that owns and operates the Hampton Inn, so that they'd have direct control...
Forum: Greater New England 01-04-2017, 12:56 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

There are some additional renderings on the Historic Preservation Board's agenda for tonight's meeting. The HP board only has a minor, advisory role in advocating for better architecture here, but...
Forum: Greater New England 12-04-2016, 03:29 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Another new India Street proposal from the developers who are currently building the AC Hotel between Fore and Thames (labelled "lot 1" on the site plan).
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Forum: Greater New England 11-22-2016, 11:52 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ The buyer of Rufus Deering was Reger Dasco, the developers of the Bay House and the new Newbury Street townhouses. That latter project just finished construction and people have started moving in. ...
Forum: Greater New England 11-01-2016, 09:32 PM
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Views: 523,306
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ When Archetype updated their website, this rendering also jumped out at me. But some digging revealed that it is indeed a spec rendering, meant to show the development possibilities of the site,...
Forum: Greater New England 10-22-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 599
Views: 83,650
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

^ There's an important distinction between "condos" and "rental apartments."

A "condo" is a place that you own outright, generally with a mortgage, as opposed to renting.

But a growing...
Forum: Greater New England 10-18-2016, 10:35 AM
Replies: 599
Views: 83,650
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

Updated renderings for 75 Chestnut Street, going to its 2nd planning board workshop tonight. It includes 54 apartments, including 6 "workforce" units per the city's new inclusionary housing...
Forum: Greater New England 09-29-2016, 10:55 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I feel quite a bit more confident about this happening than those other projects, for several reasons. First of all, these guys have more practical experience as developers under their belts than the...
Forum: Greater New England 07-07-2016, 11:54 AM
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Views: 523,306
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

A good article with photos of a recent Bayside Anchor hard-hat tour for architects:
...
Forum: Greater New England 06-16-2016, 02:52 PM
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Views: 523,306
Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ Who's your source on that rumor?
Forum: Greater New England 06-16-2016, 11:03 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

The tower crane went up yesterday, and it's huge. Corey got a nice evening shot:

http://www.portlanddailyphoto.com/2016/06/longfellow-square-rising.html

You can also see it from the Casco Bay...
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