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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    I don't think Maine Med got that memo. Theirs is a serious expansion, and the total footprint is actually double of what you see on the hill. Add the expanding Scarborough campus, the former Osteopathic Hospital, several outpatient facilities, and the giant mill building converted to office...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    At the Mercy site, what is the separate structure under construction? Office? Small parking garage? That was not shown or discussed in the PPH' most recent article on the addition. The final project has been dramatically scaled down which is not good, in my opinion. Healthcare is growing fast in...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    A bit confused on this development. A while back it was on a much bigger scale, then the hospital got caught overbilling the state by over 50 million for reimbursements, and so, perhaps this had something to do with the downsizing? I drove past the site today and there is a notable sized...
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    Portland Foreside | 58 Fore Street | Portland

    You nailed it, Max. Prentiss doesn't have the funding to do what he wants, so why not build a haphazard rigged fence in the interim to keep the provincial types away from his luxury boaters? It's easier money this way. I highly doubt he will get the original proposal funding as he quite...
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    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    I do think Redfern's initial renderings are kind of brilliant, or politically speaking, that is. One rendering of the building looks to be the same height as One City Center, and the top part, as I wrote earlier, seems to disappear into the sky. Perhaps the idea is to not set the NIMBY groups...
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    200 Federal Street | Residential Tower | Portland

    Wow, that really does fit into Portland. I do think the top three floors are anti-climatic, as though it's apologizing for the height. I would make those three floors with bigger windows, with darker frames, to give the crown some scintillating "icing." The views will be fantastic, so why not...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    I like Redfern's building arch styles; contemporary, but not out of place with the old. The Hiawatha took advantage of a hot place to live, Longfellow Square. This new proposal is next to Exchange Street and the Old Port. It's easier to sell apartments near the Old Port, I'm assuming. And 18...
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    USM|Portland

    Agreed. The school and city has a big opportunity to build something substantial, now that Portland is on the national map. No point in making it look like a re-purposed mill building. Who gets excited walking into that? I'll bet many that live in the area (the older ones) are upset at this...
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    100 Fore Street | Portland

    I like this building. It looks quite sleek from the water side, and is broken up into different sections because of its placement within the side of the hill. The balconies on the water side have great views, with sheltering above. The only concern I have is for the Institute itself, its...
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    Shipyard Brewery | Cambria Suites | 86 Newbury Street | Covetrus | 12 Mountfort Street | Portland

    I've been in Texas the last two months, waiting this thing out. The strongest economy projections are for Austin, which has 15,000 new Apple employees on the way, in addition to promises from Musk for a truck factory. However, going back to Maine for most of the summer to see and stay with the...
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    Shipyard Brewery | Cambria Suites | 86 Newbury Street | Covetrus | 12 Mountfort Street | Portland

    Interesting, very interesting. If you look at Google Maps (3D view) of this site from last summer, it wasn't much different than a month ago. Now, of course, the hotel is going up relatively quickly and the Covetrus side is seeing the pour of the foundation (or that's what it looks like from the...
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    Portland, ME - New Construction Continued

    This building was once the tallest in all of New England--yes, taller than any building in Boston. It's a beautiful example of the art deco style, and historical for Portland. Not sure an old age home with diseased patients is a proper conversion. It was bad enough seeing McAuley high school's...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    Yes, true, but now in our new corona virus world, its a whole new ball game. New York and Boston don't seem to be that attractive a place to live and work now. Facebook is pulling back on sending 6,000 new workers to Hudson Yards development in NYC. Where will they go? The new Fore Street...
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    Rock Row (née The Ridge, née Dirigo Plaza) | Westbrook, ME

    So far, this project is just so underwhelming. It's something fitting for the outskirts of Biddeford, next to the Walmart and Target. I would focus on new population arrivals to Maine. NYC has a population of nearly 8 million. I, along with thousands and thousands of others, are effectively...
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    Shipyard Brewery | Cambria Suites | 86 Newbury Street | Covetrus | 12 Mountfort Street | Portland

    Bloomberg reported yesterday that Covetrus got an infusion of $250 million. Makes sense in today's pandemic world with the biotech products they do. No wonder the site has been busy lately, as it was delayed for months. The webcam shows the foundation being poured. They will exit their former...
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    USM|Portland

    UNE has a new student center, and it cost $35 million. It's arch is stunning and contains the necessary amenities and departments a college needs for today's students (in one building). I don't have much hope that anything of note will be built for USM Portland, especially in today's times. It...
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    Thompson's Point, Portland

    I read that the museum still has another 2 mill to raise in their 14 mill construction campaign. Perhaps it's not so easy to do now. It looked like this a few weeks ago, or certainly can't see a noticeable difference. (Not to mention that they might be paying current personnel with this.) This...
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    Maine - General Photo Thread

    Nice find. Skyline hasn't changed much, or anything over 6 stories, that is. And wow, look at this military presence. The carrier, a frigate at Maine State Pier, and BIW dry dock. A bigger footprint on the pipeline facility too.
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    Portland, ME - The Existing Environment

    Basically, a city's importance, or weight, is from how many people "use" this city on a daily basis. Portland, during the summer, especially with Bostonian foodies coming up for a day or weekend, measures quite impressively. If you want to know more, talk to bartenders and wait staff at the...
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    Portland, ME - The Existing Environment

    Yes, that top 10 Portland tall building list from Emporis is highly (pun) inaccurate. It's best to reference the source in that type of posting, so that other searches can be done for cross referencing. And, though sorry to say, if Portland's central peninsula core was not a hill--62 feet...

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