Recent content by cneal

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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    Building permits have been issued both for the SunLife office building: And for the rebuilt/relocated "Building 12" pattern building...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    ^ Absolutely. The flip side of that is that there's very little demand anymore for the suburban strip malls and office parks in Waterstone's portfolio, and they see the writing on the wall. If I were in their shoes I'd focus on front-loading the project with a lot of new apartments, which are...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    I'm a bit more skeptical, though I'd love to see them pull it off. It's been over 2 years since their original planning board approval, and so far they've only built a temporary concert venue and a big strip mall with an oversized parking lot. I think they've got a solid idea by trying to...
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    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    55 Portland (the former public works office) is being renovated into a new office building for Preble Street resource center:
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    Time & Temp Building | Parking Garage Redevelopment | Portland

    Parking garages are very expensive and generate little to no rent! Thread:
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    113 West Commercial Street | VA Outpatient Clinic | Portland

    You can tell Corey's a new parent from all the crack-of-dawn sunrise shots he's been getting lately :D
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    @PWMFlyer - Every architectural style goes though a period of disillusionment in middle age. In the 1960s, they were tearing down art deco buildings we'd kill to have today; 1960s/1970s brutalist and modernist buildings (like the UHaul building on Marginal Way) are already coming back in style...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    Good questions! I just checked the city's building permit site: ... and didn't see any applications for those two projects. I did, however, find a surprise: someone's pulled a permit application for 75 Chestnut Street, now being...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    With repeated exposure to the elements and salt from cars, these garages have required major, expensive maintenance work nearly every year for the past decade. The fundamental rule of building maintenance – keeping out the water – isn't allowed in a parking garage, because if you did, your...
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    113 West Commercial Street | VA Outpatient Clinic | Portland

    I think that the in-town train station idea has been shelved – NNEPRA's main rationalization for building a new station is avoiding a time-consuming turnaround at the existing location, and moving the station to West Commercial Street would just re-create the same problem. A West Commercial...
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    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Dang, look at that new street wall. Great shot Corey.
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    Falmouth Shopping Center Redevelopment

    Proposed office/restaurant mixed-use building on Route 1 in Falmouth. This is the first proposal for the area since the owners pulled their much larger "town center" master plan a little over a year ago...
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    83 Middle St | CHOM Affordable Housing | Portland

    There's still a lot of excess right-of-way for that section of Franklin (which would go down to two lanes – that section gets a similar amount of traffic as Pearl and India Streets). But yes, if the east side gets built out like this, then most of that excess ROW will by default go to the...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    190 homes is nothing to sneeze at – and 4 stories makes sense, that maximizes the density you can get with all-wood construction, and they'll still have lots of land out there for additional development in the future. They really need some critical mass out there if they want to start a new...
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    The Furman Block | 178 Kennebec Street | Portland

    I checked this out over the weekend too. The city is also rebuilding Somerset/Kennebec Street right now – I believe the project is going to reconnect the missing section of Somerset between Preble and Elm to create a continuous east-west street connection all the way to Forest Ave.: