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Forum: Greater New England 06-30-2018, 08:22 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

They gave Fore Street, Hancock and Franklin higher building heights when they wrote the new "form-based" zoning code a few years ago – basically yielding to the precedent of the huge Ocean Gateway...
Forum: Greater New England 06-30-2018, 02:19 PM
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Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

With respect, but IMHO this city needs more brick like we need a hole in the head.

The old Benkay building was approved under the historic preservation board a couple years ago for a renovation,...
Forum: Greater New England 06-30-2018, 09:11 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Looks like Archetype is working on a new website:
https://susan-geffers.squarespace.com/

And it's got renderings of the 7-story residential building they're designing for 208 Fore St. – next to...
Forum: Greater New England 06-25-2018, 10:57 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Also, the City Council's economic development committee held an executive session a couple months ago to discuss an ambiguous "waterfront TIF" financing arrangement. Reading between the lines, it...
Forum: Greater New England 06-25-2018, 10:55 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I don't really think that South Portland's oil tanks are the issue – after all, they're still selling million-dollar condos down the street in the new 20 Thames building (with views of the Ocean...
Forum: Greater New England 06-07-2018, 03:54 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

Oops, you're right! I just double-checked the city's parcels map – Jackrabbit only owns the VA/Chase Leavitt/SMRT warehouse, while Cohen owns the WEX site to the south and the Hamilton Marine...
Forum: Greater New England 06-04-2018, 07:27 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

My reading is that everything in the rendering is phase 1, and the "part of" refers to the fact that the Phase 2 building will share a party wall with the Phase 1 building.

Also of note: this...
Forum: Greater New England 06-01-2018, 09:30 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

^ It's a different street address, but the same owner – Mike Marino/Jackrabbit LLC, who put in the losing bid to buy the land where Wex is going up now.
Forum: Greater New England 05-31-2018, 09:31 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

The city's new planning website shows a recent a zoning text amendment application for 100 Fore St, the current site of the VA office:
...
Forum: Greater New England 05-28-2018, 12:13 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

^ Interesting. It has not gone to the planning board yet, and I suspect they're trying to pre-sell some units before they go ahead with detailed plans and permitting.

I've always thought that...
Forum: Greater New England 05-02-2018, 03:40 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

At 60K square feet, the office component of this project will be about 3/5ths the size of the WEX building going up a block away (which is 100K SF). 1 City Center has about 200,000 SF of office...
Forum: Greater New England 04-19-2018, 10:29 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

A site plan application is in for 46 senior apartments plus ground-floor retail space at 178 Kennebec Street (former public works parking lot, one block north of Bayside Bowl):
...
Forum: Greater New England 04-12-2018, 07:50 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

That went up quickly:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dame2TpW4AYHWQe.jpg

And another view of the new Thames streetscape:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Damg5pVXUAAM_5k.jpg
Forum: Greater New England 02-22-2018, 03:20 PM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

I don't know what the law is, but site plan approvals expire on March 3 – they're surely not going to break ground by that point and I doubt they'll even have a permit by then, unless the city's...
Forum: Greater New England 01-26-2018, 09:15 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, 09:13 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, 09:32 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, 11:38 AM
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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, 11:06 AM
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Posted By cneal
Re: Portland Bayside

Tell us more?
Forum: Greater New England 12-11-2017, 01:30 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, 12:12 PM
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Views: 93,322
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, 10:15 PM
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Views: 93,322
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, 12:44 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, 09:50 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, 09:14 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...
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