PortlandCompany

 

On Thursday, January 8, 2015, at 7pm, a group “Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company” is arranging a meeting with City of Portland Planners to discuss and review the proposed Portland Company Development, on the Portland Company Complex 10 acre waterfront site. The meeting will be held at the East End Community School in the cafeteria on 195 North Street in Portland.

City Planners Alex Jaegerman and Christine Grimando will present the proposal and be available for questions, answers, and discussion. Later in January, the developer will go before the Planning Board for a third workshop regarding their interest in a proposed zoning change.

Keep the Soul of Portland in the Portland Company is encouraging the developer to incorporate into the process and into the product the best of the authentic Portland, Maine that we know and love. They’re asking for and believe it’s most appropriate for the proposed development to go through review process as a contract zone under the existing Waterfront Special Use Zone, rather than the developers request to rezone the property to B-6 with a small component of Eastern Waterfront Port Zone.

Keep the Soul has spread literature throughout the community delivering their message for thoughtful development and encourage the following;

  • Disclosure of the intended development to the public before action is taken on any zone change request.
  • Regulation of heights and massing of new construction in a manner designed to allow reasonable development, but also preserve the neighborhood’s harbor views.
  • Preservation of significant public vistas to and from the water, and continue well-designed physical access to the water through a welcoming public trail system.
  • Celebration of the sites important past and preservation of significant historic structures through their adaptive reuse.
  • If residential use is to be allowed, promotion of lively, year-round occupancy reflective of the diversity of the citizens of Portland, Maine.
  • Preservation of the waterfront for water-dependent uses, provision of meaningful access and upland uses structured so they support waterfront infrastructure.

For more information, or if you wish to learn more and are unable to attend this informative meeting, feel free to connect via email with the group at info@soulofportland.org

VN:F [1.9.20_1166]
Rating: 4.0/5 (1 vote cast)
Keep The Soul of Portland in The Portland Company: Support Thoughtful Development - Thursday, January 8, 4.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating