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    75 Chestnut Street | Portland

    Good find. It's not going anywhere at that price. And $20 mill for a new one? Why not reduce the overflow of the existing one with more affordable housing? I listened to the head of the PHA talk a few years ago during the dedication ceremony at the second of their housing projects in...
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    75 Chestnut Street | Portland

    Agreed. I travel a lot because of my work and usually Whole Foods, or the newer ones, are in the upscale areas of cities (aka, "Whole Paycheck"). And don't be surprised if the city continues to operate the current homeless shelter. By the time the new one opens, it will probably not be able to...
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    75 Chestnut Street | Portland

    If these condos can be sold in a location diagonally opposite the homeless shelter, then I will be a believer in Portland as an unstoppable force to live and work. But then again, check this out: Portland's housing prices are projected to increase at a higher rate than any other city in the...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Agree, though Portland's hi-rises are on a spine hill elevation of about 60 feet above sea level, so that helps. Otherwise, yes, the skyline would be somewhat nil. And with Boston, take the three Back Bay 700 plus footers out and plop them downtown and the city would have a much different look...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Thanks for the list to get perspective on. So, in 33 years it's only been one "hi-rise" of ten stories built on the peninsula? That's kind of sad, either because of a stagnant economy or a public provincial mindset. Probably a bit of both.
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Had One Monument Square been the original 20 floors the feel and look of Portland over the years would have been significantly different--twice the floor height and twice the impact.
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    I think the building is 7 levels with 6 and 7 the tiny portion in the corner. In that case it would be the sixth that is expanded? The interactive module doesn't give a walk-through experience for floors 5 and 6, but does for 1,2,3,4, and 7. Bottom line is that they will get a relatively easy...
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    Basically, without saying it in detail in the article, I believe their idea is to increase the height of the core bulk of the structure by one more story, so six stories, then the 7th tiny one remains as is, at the top corner. Maine Medical is truly becoming a behemoth. The actual footprint of...
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    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    Just realized something about this location and type of apartment building that it is. It will appeal to a younger demo because of the intimacy of the design and pool (party!). It's obvious that it will fit well with USM grad students, as students for law and business will be looking for more...
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    Bayside Federated Companies

    Not sure how eminent domain can figure into this. It seems like a stretch. The city should have worked with Federated with the 4 "tower" proposal. Varying the heights from low, mid, to high and compromising on materials to use mostly brick and glass could have been achieved. (The proposal...
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    201 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    A while back in NYC, with fascination I watched the early foundations being prepared at Hudson Yards (eventually 20 towers will have gone up at this site). It was the biggest hole I've ever seen, and perhaps 50-60 feet down solid bedrock. I've heard that all of Manhattan is sitting on this. The...
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    52 Hanover St | Apartments | Portland

    Maybe they can recycle that steel.
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    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Not to belabor the point, but don't forget the train tether of Boston to Brunswick. The future of employment, Gen Z, do not like cars. They can't use their phones. I think this comfy and nice train is a key reason for the growth of Portland. Bowdoin, USM, UNE (Portland and Biddeford), and UNH...
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    Hobson's Landing | Aloft Hotel | 383 Commercial Street | Portland

    Indeed it will. It feels like Portland goes up a level in city stature after these three developments. I think people underestimate the city's size due to its tiny politically drawn land area population numbers (from 21 square miles). When you look at the metro area numbers, the true measure of...
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    Maine Medical Center Expansion | Portland

    Agree 100% with you.

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