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Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 11:52 AM
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Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Yikes ... I was in Burlington two weekends ago and was surprised at how little progress had been made, because it looked exactly as you described ... so that makes more sense now. That's gonna be a...
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 121,412
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Providence developments

I have to say, while it looks like Miami meets the Aqua Tower in Chicago, dropped in New England, I really like this idea ... now if only those parking lots nearby could be filled in ...
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 295
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland Area Planning/Development Job Market.

Eric - look on the Maine Municipal Association's job board (online), which is updated frequently.
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:23 AM
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Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:22 AM
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Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

You're both right. But on a side note I can't understand how someone thinks it's a good idea to propose this type of housing when there's literally a simultaneously pending PB application to convert...
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Maybe I woke up in a cranky mood today so sorry to continue the complaining trend but the bottom half (southside) of the Portland Square proposal looks absolutely hideous...like a cheap garden style...
Forum: Greater New England 08-02-2019, 10:13 AM
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Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Thanks for the update.

"Encouraged to think Art Deco ..."

That sentence is more than mildly annoying, because the City's design team colors way outside the lines when it comes to "encouraging"...
Forum: Greater New England 07-11-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

That would be my guess too.

In terms of the design I think it's cool, but only for now. It's likely in the future to be seen as some sort of failed attempt to be cool, rather than actually...
Forum: Greater New England 09-20-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 633
Views: 115,925
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland Bayside

Interesting news ... was it someone from the planning department, or someone higher up? Trying to gauge how credible your source might be. Also, did they have any other updates about the project or...
Forum: Greater New England 06-20-2018, 06:44 AM
Replies: 633
Views: 115,925
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland Bayside

https://bangordailynews.com/2018/06/19/business/lawsuit-accusing-developer-of-fraud-in-major-portland-project-dismissed/
Forum: Greater New England 05-27-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 633
Views: 115,925
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland Bayside

Where are they now? And can you add any more specifics about their plans or who said what? Did it sound like a rumor or potential interest, or like a deal had been inked? Thanks for the info!
Forum: Greater New England 02-09-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

The reason for the 6-story proliferation has to do with construction methods. At 6 stories you can pretty easily build a stick built (wood frame) structure and increase your return on investment as...
Forum: Greater New England 02-09-2018, 12:07 PM
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Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Also - Portsmouth has seen a pound for pound expansion that is similar in scope; and Burlington, Vermont of all places is currently seeing the construction of hundreds of new apartments, thousands of...
Forum: Greater New England 02-09-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I did something similar back in 2005, and determined there were something like 110 stories of construction planned. Two years later, almost all of them were scrapped. Hopefully we're not going to a...
Forum: Greater New England 02-07-2018, 03:13 AM
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Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I think the rendering is misleading in regards to how Franklin Street will look on completion of the second building (also, the two projects look very similar to me, almost indistinguishable to the...
Forum: Greater New England 02-07-2018, 03:05 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Thompson's Point? For some reason, I routinely hear people refer to that as on the peninsula.
Forum: Greater New England 02-05-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I totally agree regarding the naming. It's almost embarrassing at that point; however, to the developer's credit, it's what the market is asking for, as it works, so props to them. It's just that,...
Forum: Greater New England 02-02-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I'm pretty sure that's a requirement of the form-based code zone which was adopted for this area not long ago. It was sort of pushed on the city by a guy named Hugh Nazor, who was a transplant from...
Forum: Greater New England 11-03-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

I doubt very much that's why they bought it. More likely, they are strategically avoiding any speculation as to what might be proposed there until it makes sense to move forward in earnest. This is...
Forum: Greater New England 09-10-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

A number of new renderings (or, more accurately, new perspectives of old renderings) for the WEX proposal (up for a workshop on Tuesday) are on the City's planning board agenda center packet material...
Forum: Greater New England 09-10-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 60,907
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Thompson's Point, Portland

I wonder if this will revive plans to develop the adjacent parking lot (which I believe is under separate ownership but the vacancy of the CM may open up some possibilities). There were plans back...
Forum: Greater New England 09-10-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

Outside of NYC - maybe Hudson Yards? - Boston is the natural East Coast choice, I would think, and if that City (or anywhere in its vicinity) lands the deal then the economic impact will be felt in...
Forum: Greater New England 05-11-2017, 01:07 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

They weren't able to get their anchor tenant signed up for a fall start, and they didn't want to start the following spring because of the impact on hotel operations. This was a mixed-use project...
Forum: Greater New England 05-11-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3,597
Views: 720,947
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

That's actually quite a handsome building for that location in my opinion. Woodard & Curran I believe is the City's peer review firm so it would make sense that they have concerns since they are...
Forum: Greater New England 04-12-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,715
Posted By PortlandArch
Re: New England Skylines thread

It's not as close as Back Bay to the Financial District (or if it is, it's separated by much more suburbia) so it wouldn't have the same look. It's not as though this is the part of South Portland...
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